Milano: Edoardo Sonzogno [PN E 929 S], [ca. 1896]. Quarto. Half dark ivory linen with patterned paper boards, red leather title label gilt to spine, original publisher's decorative upper wrapper printed in brown and teal blue bound in. 1f. (recto printed dedication to Olga Spatz, verso blank), 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title printed in black and red, verso copyright statement), 1f. (recto indexof scenes, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list, verso blank), [ix]-xxxi (libretto), [i] (blank), 249, [i] (blank) pp.
Binding somewhat worn, shaken, and stained; head and tail of spine and title label slightly frayed. Slightly worn; occasional foxing; some signatures split; several leaves with minor tape repairs; signature of previous owner to front free endpaper.
First Edition, later issue (distinguished by the dedication to Spatz not found in the first issue). Crawford p. 175.
Andrea Chenier, in four acts to a libretto by Luigi Illica, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on March 28, 1896.
"After some hesitation it was accepted for performance at La Scala on the strong recommendation of Mascagni, and it proved the only success of a disastrous season given at that theatre under the management of the publisher Sonzogno, who excluded from the cartello all works belonging to his rival, Ricordi... Andrea Chénier at once raised the composer to the front rank of the ‘giovane scuola’, along with Mascagni, Puccini and Leoncavallo. Today it remains the most widely performed of Giordano’s operas, mainly as an effective vehicle for a star tenor. Borgatti owed to it the start of a notable Italian career. Outstanding exponents in recent times have included Franco Corelli and Placido Domingo." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. Item #29539
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