Paris: Au Ménestel, Heugel & Cie. [PN H. & Cie. 22792], 1907.
Folio. Quarter mid-tan leather with marbled boards, spine in decorative and blindstamped compartments, dark brown title labels gilt; marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto dedication with facsimile signatures of Massenet and Claretie, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title, verso blank), 1f. (recto notes on first performance and named cast list, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 147, [i] (blank), iii (appendix), [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for first performance in Monte Carlo includes Lucy Arbell, Ed. Clément, Dufranne, Chalmin, and Gluck and for first performance in Paris Lucy Arbell, Ed. Clément, Henri Albers, Belhomme, Pasquin, Gilles, and Andal.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Slightly browned, heavier to first leaf of music; small rectangular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title and small circular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of index.
First Edition, third issue.
First performed in Monte Carlo at the Théâtre de Monte-Carlo on February 7, 1907 under the direction of Raoul Gunsbourg and in Paris the Opéra Comique on May 19, 1911 under the direction of Albert Carré.
"... Thérèse, a compact and compelling drama set during the French Revolution... [is] a ‘drame musical’ in two acts on a libretto by Jules Claretie who was also the librettist of La Navarraise. Thérèse is not quite so blatantly violent as that opera, but nonetheless abrupt and forceful. Set during the French Revolution, the dramatic story is deepened by Massenet’s skill in including placid scenes of nature (autumn in Act 1 and summer in Act 2) to heighten the effect of urban terror. Part of the love music is a minuet in 1790s style, accompanied by an offstage harpsichord."
"[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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