Napoli: B. Girard e C. [PNs 1937, 1906-11, 1941-2, 1944, 1849, 1998, 2188, 2217, 2219-20], [1831-1832].
Oblong folio. Quarter vellum with marbled boards. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-156 pp. Each number with separate caption title and 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 with loss to upper outer corner of upper board; small hole to head of spine; front free endpaper lacking. Minimal foxing throughout; minor dampstaining to lower right corner of a few interior leaves.
First Naples edition, published shortly after the first edition issued by Ricordi in Milan. Lippmann, p. 385.
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." Julian Budden, Elizabeth Forbes, and Simon 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.
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