Napoli: B. Girard e Ci. [PNs 4466-78, 4509-10, 1906-11, 1847, 1849, 1944, 1998, 2188, 2217, 2219-20], 1852. Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with burgundy cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling to spine stamped in black, original light pink publisher's printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso named cast list and table of contents), 3-190 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
With priced catalog, "Opere Teatrali Intere," to upper wrapper listing works by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, et al. composed through 1851, and with list of pieces with individual prices and plate numbers to title. Green ink stamp to title "Successori di Girard Edizione emessa ... 12 agosto 1852" Named cast list from the premiere includes Giuditta Pasta, Giovanni Battista Rubini, Luciano Mariani, and Elisa Taccani.
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. Title moderately foxed; light scattered foxing and a few small stains throughout.
Second edition. Lippmann, p.385. Girard's first edition of Sonnambula appeared circa 1832. This later edition combines a number of old and new plates.
La Sonnambula was composed to a libretto by Felice Romani after Eugène Scribe and J.-P. Aumer’s ballet-pantomime La somnambule. It premiered in Milan at the Teatro Carcano on March 6, 1831.
"In La sonnambula Bellini’s mature style appears finally crystallized, a synthesis of heartfelt melody, expressive declamation and coloratura from which all Rossinian hedonism has been banished." Budden, Forbes, and Maguire 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 #31264
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