Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [H. & Cie. 18648], . Folio. Original publisher's ivory wrappers with embossed rose, yellow, green, and silver floral decorative device to upper left portion. 1f. (recto facsimile manuscript dedication, verso decorative device), 1f. (recto title within decorative frame printed in colour, verso decorative device), [i] (notes on performances and named cast lists), [ii] (contents), [i] (decorative device), 227, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for the first performance includes Calvé, Wyns, Guiraudon, Leprestre, Marc Nohel, Gresse, Jacquet, and Dufour; and for the reprise Marguerite Carré, Raveau, Teyte, Salignac, J. Périer, Delvoye, Cazenueve, and Belhomme.
Wrappers slightly worn, with light soiling and small chips and tears; minor loss to head and tail of spine; partially detached. Occasional wear to outer edges; small price handstamp to lower margin of dedication leaf; small circular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of fourth leaf.
First Edition, later issue.
Sapho, to a libretto by Cain and A. Bernède after A. Daudet, was performed for the first time in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on November 27, 1897, under the direction of M. Léon Carvalho; reprised on January 22, 1909, under the direction of M. Albert Carré.
"In Sapho Massenet made his first attempt at an opera in a modern setting... Sapho is certainly one of Massenet’s finest works, but it has been unaccountably neglected. It exists in both an original and a revised version."
"[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. Item #29921
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