Paris: E. Fromont [PNs E. et A. G. 5130, E. 2662 F.], . Large octavo. Original publisher's light green decorative wrappers with publisher's catalogue to both upper and lower. 1f. (publisher's catalogue), 1f. (recto named cast list and contents, verso blank), 58 pp.
Named cast includes Capoul, Hellbron, and Girard.
Printed from Girod plates.
La Grand' Tante, to a libretto by J. Adenis and C. Granvallet, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique on April 3, 1867.
"[It] was a first step towards an illustrious career in opera that was to continue for the next 35 years... La grand’ tante, being a one-act opéra-comique, contains only six numbers with a cast of three. Two features of the score deserve notice: first Massenet’s palpable gift for a beautifully shaped vocal line for Alice’s Romance (no.2), and, second, the ‘mélodie bretonne’ for the maid, an exercise in local colour (Breton folk style) illustrated better at that time by the orchestral suites."
["Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #29467
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