Paris: Choudens, [ca. 1970].
Large octavo. Original publisher's dark ivory wrappers illustrated in blue. 1f. (recto title within decorative border by L. Denis, verso blank), [i] (named cast lists and contents), 2-202, 1f. (recto colophon, verso blank) pp.
Named cast list for the Théâtre Lyrique productionin 1863 includes L. de Maesen, Morini, Ismael, and Guyot and for the Opéra-Comique production in 1893 Calve, Delmas, Soulacroix, and Challet.
Wrappers slightly worn; small handstamp to lower margin of upper. Some signatures partially split; edges of some leaves slightly frayed.
A facsimile reprint of the edition of ca. 1895.
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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