Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [PN H. et Cie. 7940], [ca. 1894].
Folio. Original publisher's dark ivory decorative wrappers printed in olive green, gold, and red. 1f. (recto title in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance and named cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 81, [i] (blank) pp. Text in French and English.
Named cast includes Calve, Alvarez, Planćon, Gilibert, Bonnard, and Dufriche.
Disbound. Wrappers worn and soiled with chips and tears, some with tape repairs; spine lacking. Leaves worn and detached; small circular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of second leaf; final leaf with small chips, tears, and tape repairs, not affecting music.
First Edition, second issue.
La Navarraise, to a libretto by Jules Claretie and Henri Cain after Claretie’s short story La cigarette, was first performed in London at Covent Garden on June 20, 1894, under the direction of Sir Augustus Harris.
"Purely technically, La Navarraise far outclasses its model. Melodically, orchestrally, dramaturgically, the mature Massenet was an infinitely more resourceful composer than the young Mascagni. The way the action, loaded with folkloric detail and set amidst succulent lyrical outpourings, is contained within the 50-minute timespan denotes the hand of a master."
"[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.
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