Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 3364, 3470-3482, 3484-88, 3492-94], . Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with black cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling to spine stamped in black. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents, verso blank), 255 pp. + 1f. unpaginated (comprising no. 16) between pp. 170-171.
Named cast list from the premiere includes Giovanni Battista Rubini, Henriette Méric-Lalande, and Antonio Tamburini.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding moderately worn, bumped, and scuffed with some loss to upper; head of spine slightly defective. Title moderately foxed; light foxing and a few small stains throughout.
First Edition. Lippmann, pp. 377-378. Crawford, pp. 31-32 (an earlier issue).
Il pirata, to a libretto by Felice Romani, was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on October 27, 1827.
"Bellini had lived in Sicily and Naples until arriving in Milan on 12 April 1827, invited by Barbaia to write for La Scala. Il pirata was only his second professional production, and his first collaboration with Romani. Bellini took over six months writing the opera, in order to impress the audience at La Scala. With an excellent cast that included Giovanni Battista Rubini as Gualtiero, Henriette Méric-Lalande as Imogene and Antonio Tamburini as Ernesto, the opera was well received and Bellini was hailed as an exciting new voice... Il pirata played a significant role in establishing the style of the Romantic melodramma later developed by Donizetti and Verdi." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes 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 #31268
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