Paris: Choudens Fils [PN A.C. 3825], [ca. 1890]. Large octavo. Quarter dark red calf with red textured blindstamped cloth boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents, verso blank), 224 pp.
Named cast includes J. Girard, Gélabert, Lepers, Luco, Simon Max, Maugé, Octave, and Speck.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Occasional light foxing; some signatures split; light browning to edges of title; horizontal tear to pp. 35-38 with tape repairs; minor paper loss to blank upper margin of pp. 63/64 & 149/150, not affecting music.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Folies Dramatiques on the 28 December 1878.
Madame Favart, to a libretto by Chivot and Duru, was first performed at the Folies-Dramatiques on December 28, 1878.
"[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. Item #29223
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