Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 10001-10034], .
Oblong folio. Full dark brown cloth with decorative blindstamping and floral device gilt to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title printed in brown within decorative borders by G. Sperati, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents) 5-268 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
Title includes an index of pieces with individual plate numbers and prices. Cast list from the first performance includes Rosine Stoltz, Gilbert Duprez, Paul Barroilhet, and Nicolas Levasseur.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped, spine slightly faded. Light scattered foxing throughout, heavier to a few signatures.
Second Italian edition, later issue. Inzaghi IN. 67, pp. 187-89. Bergamo catalog, p. 123 (a similar issue).
Based on the plate numbers, the second edition is from 1855, but the decorative title page of this issue by Sperati is dated 1861. Instrumental-only pieces have dual plate numbers from the first edition of 1841: Sinfonia [PN 10001 2844], Ballet [PNs 10014 2840, 10015 2841, 10016 2842, 10017 2843].
La Favorite, to a libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz, with additions by Eugène Scribe, was first performed at the Paris Opéra on December 2, 1840. Donizetti used his earlier unperformed opera L’ange de Nisida as the basis for La Favorite, though the plots are considerably different. The original French version would become a standard in Paris, performed regularly at the Opéra until 1918. It has become widely regarded as one of Donzietti's best operas, with considerable attention given to the fourth act.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén.
Price: $285.00 other currencies