Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 10708 D, 10708 A, 10708 F, 10708 R, 10708 Z], [ca. 1858].
Large octavo. Quarter vellum with marbled boards, titling in ink to spine. 1f. (recto title within decorative border printed in sepia, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso contents), 326 pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Saint Urbain, Nantier Didee, Mario, Graziani, Zucchini, and Bailou.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, bumped, and shaken, titling to spine faded. Occasional minor to moderate foxing; some signatures split; small oval handstamp to lower margin of title; edges of second leaf chipped; early owner's signature ("Cecilia Buonacini") to upper margin of first page of music; tear to upper margin of pp. 207-2088.
First Italian edition.
Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond, to a libretto by Friedrich, was first performed in Vienna at the Kärntnertor on November 25, 1847.
One of the composer's greatest successes, "[Flotow] is best remembered for his romantic comic opera Martha, which continues to be staged; the aria ‘Ach so fromm’ (and in its Italian version as ‘M’appari tutt’ amor’) has become a staple of the tenor aria repertory.... Martha... found its way into the hearts of the public. The reason for this lies not only in the quality of the text and the music, but also in the dramatic situations which keep the audience in a state of amused suspense." Peter Cohen in Grove Music Online.
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