Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel et Cie. [PN H. & Cie. 2147], [ca. 1900].
Large octavo. Original publisher's light green printed wrappers with title within decorative border. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 72 pp.
Named cast includes Geoffroy, Mareschal, Lise Tautin, and Dalmont.
Wrappers worn; browned at edges; upper with small rectangular publisher's handstamp to lower margin; spine defective, reinforced with archival tape. Occasional minor foxing; edges of title browned; small circular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of cast leaf.
Le mariage aux lanternes, to a libretto by Dubois [M. Carré] and Battu), was first performed in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens on October 10, 1857.
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written... Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach’s works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online.
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