Paris: Choudens [PN A. C. 20665], .
Large octavo. Original publisher's white wrappers illustrated in blue. 1f. (recto title within decorative border by L. Denis, verso introduction in French by Michel Poupet), 1f. (recto preface in English by Michel Poupet, verso copyright statement), 1f. (recto blank, verso named cast lists and contents in French), [i] (named cast list and contents in English), 2-235, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for the Théâtre Lyrique production in 1863 includes L. de Maesen, Morini, Ismael, and Guyot; for the production at the Opéra-Comique in 1893 Calve, Delmas, Soulacroix, and Challet; and for the New Theatre production in 1973 Barbara Shuttleworth, Kenneth Collins, Delme Brynjones, and Paul Hudson.
Wrappers slightly worn; small Peters handstamp to lower margin of free front endpaper.
Fourth version, with supplement to pp. 225-235.
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 later in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on April 21, 1893, both under the direction of Léon Carvalho; also performed in Cardiff at the New Theatre on October 4, 1973.
"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.
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