Parigi: Au Ménestrel, Heugel et Cie. [PN H. & Cie. 20505], 1903.
Folio. Full dark blue cloth with titling gilt to upper and spine. 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright statement), [i] (notes on first performance and named cast list), [ii] (contents), [i] (copyright statement), 331, [i] (blank) pp. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes Marta Rioton, Deschamps-Jéhin, Tiphans, P. Vaillant, Foqué, Derougeais, Garcia, Eyraud, Brossier, Maréchal, Fugère, Carbonne, Vieulle, Belhomme, Dufour, Rothier, Dangès, Viannenc, Rapaport, Devaux, Troy, Viaud, Huberdeau, Clasens, Micheau, Petit Georges, Sigri Éloi, Schindler, Jullien, Gilly, Larroque, and Edea Santori.
Binding very slightly worn and rubbed. Slightly worn and browner; minor creasing to upper outer corners; ex-library, with library and publisher's handstamps first four leaves and page 7.
First Italian edition of the second version of the opera.
First performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on February 2, 1900, under the direction of Albert Carré.
The composer's most famous work. "All Charpentier's works have contemporary pictorial or literary bases, and it should be remembered that Louise was conceived as an opera before the verismo works of Puccini, Mascagni and others had been staged. Décor is an all-important factor in his art; the real heroine of Louise is Paris." Robert Orledge in Grove Music Online.
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