Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [PN H. et Cie. 7823], 1894. Large octavo. Original publisher's decorative gray wrappers. 1f. (recto title within decorative teal and black border by P. Borie, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance, named cast list, and contents within decorative partial border, verso blank), 88 pp.
Named cast includes Fugère, Grivot, Elven, and Laisné.
Wrappers worn and somewhat soiled with minor edge chips and tears; spine worn and torn with loss; partially detached. Occasional minor wear, soiling, and foxing; some signatures split; small publisher's rectangular handstamp to lower margin of title; occasional handstamps throughout; small portion of upper inner corner to pp. 59-60 lacking, not affecting music.
First Edition. Rare.
Manon, to a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille after Abbé Antoine-François Prévost’s novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut (1731) was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart) on May 8, 1894, under the direction of Léon Carvalho.
"... in Manon herself Massenet created a portrait of the eternal feminine to rank with Mélisande and Lulu, and it is on this that the opera’s appeal rests... In the final analysis Manon is by way of being a ‘highlights’ opera, lacking the cohesion and economy of more mature Massenet works, but those highlights were seldom surpassed in the composer’s oeuvre." Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online. Item #29531
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