Paris: n.p., 1929. Folio. Original wrappers with illustration in colour by Bilibin. 10ff. text and illustrations + 2ff. with a total of 8 tipped-in colour plates of set and costume designs by Bilibin mounted on heavy stock.
Central bifolium with cast list and production details, some performers' names with printed overpaste and/or manuscript corrections.
Wrappers slightly worn. Slightly worn; some browning and offsetting; central cast double-leaf with small rectangular printed overpaste of C. Kaïdanoff performing the role of the Tzar; lacking a number of preliminary leaves but with cast list and tipped-in colour plates of set and costume designs complete.
The Tsar's Bride, an opera in four acts by Rimsky-Korsakov to a libretto by Il’ya Fyodorovich Tyumenev based on a scenario by the composer after the drama by Lev Alexandrovich Mey, was first performed in Moscow at the Solodovnikov Theatre (Savva Mamontov’s Private Russian Opera) on October 22/November 3, 1899.
"In The Tsar’s Bride, Rimsky-Korsakov discovered a talent for sustained lyrical writing which he had banished from earlier operas..." Mark Humphreys et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #30930
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