Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel et Cie. [PN H. & Cie. 24473], 1919. Large octavo. Original publisher's gray printed wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance and named cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 229, [i] (blank), 1f. (recto printing statement, verso blank) pp. Text in French and English.
Named cast list for Vienna performance includes Van Dyck, Neidl, Mayerhofer, Schlittenhelm, Félix, Stoll, Renard, Forster, and Carlona and for Paris performance Ibos, Bouvet, Thierry, Barnolt, Artus, Eloi, Delna, Laisne, and Domingue.
Wrappers slightly worn; head and tail of spine slightly defective with tape reinforcement.
Werther, to a libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and (Jean-François-Romain-)Georges Hartmann based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774), was first performed in Vienna at the Hofoper on February 16, 1892, under the direction of Jahn and in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on January 16, 1893, under the direction of Carvalho.
"In no other Massenet opera is the melodic inspiration so rich... Werther is on the surface a simple, almost commonplace story of love and death, but the composer’s insights shed an uncomfortable light on the workings of the human psyche in a fashion that is, quite surprisingly, worthy of Goethe. Massenet may have matured subsequently as a composer, certainly in matters of form and technique, but he wrote nothing greater or more heartfelt than Werther." Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online. Item #29149
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