Paris: Choudens Fils [PN A. C. 6686], . Large octavo. Half vellum with marbled boards and dark red calf title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto half title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright statement), [i] (cast list and contents), 2-208 pp.
Occasional performance annotations in pencil and red crayon.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and shaken; small handstamp to upper margin of front pastedown. Occasional minor foxing and browning; small circular handstamp to lower margin of first two leaves.
In three acts to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, Les Pêcheurs de Perles was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre Lyrique on September 30, 1863 and at the Opéra-Comique on April 21, 1893.
"Les pêcheurs de perles, which Bizet composed very rapidly in the summer of 1863 when he was 24, was his second opera to be staged but probably the sixth he had composed... The three principal roles are some of the best in French opera of its time, and the opera’s success is now assured." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #29492
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