Napoli: Stabilimento Musicale Partenopeo Successore di B. Girard et Co. [PNs 10544-7, 9686-90, 10689-96, 10551, 10442, 10613-6], [ca 1853]. Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with dark brown cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling to spine stamped in black, original yellow publisher's printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-235 pp. Each number with separate caption title, some with separate pagination. Engraved.
Endpapers watermarked with a fleur-de-lis and "Michele Dupino Marmorato." With priced catalog, "Opere Teatrali Intere," to upper wrapper listing works by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, et al. composed through 1853, and with list of pieces with individual prices and plate numbers to title.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and scuffed; minor soiling to upper. Light browning to title; minimal foxing throughout, primarily confined to margins.
Probable First Edition. Rare (one holding only in the U.S., at the University of Washington, OCLC 27091390).
Don Checco was composed to a libretto by Almerindo Spadetta and was first performed at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples on July 11, 1850. After being out of the repertoire for nearly a century, Don Checco was revived in 2014 for a series of performances in Naples to resounding success.
De Giosa spent most of his life and career in Naples, first as an opera composer and later as a conductor. His comic operas are "... in the best tradition of Neapolitan opera buffa, culminating in Don Checco (Naples, 1850), his masterpiece and one of the greatest successes in the history of opera in Naples." Andrea Lanza in Grove Music Online
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 #31262
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