Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 7210-7224], . Oblong folio. Light yellow calf-backed marbled boards, gilt-ruled compartments to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), 5-107 pp. Each number with separate caption title, some with separate pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding worn, rubbed and bumped; minor loss to head and tail of spine; narrow strip cut from upper margin of front free endpaper with remnants of contemporary markings, in all likelihood related to ownership. Light foxing and a few small stains to title; very minimal scattered foxing throughout.
First edition for piano solo. Inzaghi IN. 47, pp. 164-166.
Lucrezia Borgia, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Victor Hugo’s play Lucrèce Borgia, was premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on December 26, 1833. Despite an uneven reception, it became one of Donizetti's most successful operas, particularly after the second production of the work in 1840.
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. Item #31259
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