Napoli: [B. Girard e Ci.] [PNs 3121-8, 3079, 4592-8, 2733-4, 2750-4, 3117-9, 3130-1], [1853?].
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 publisher's yellow printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso named cast list and table of contents), 3-227 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
Endpapers watermarked with a fleur-de-lis and "Michele Dupino." 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, Overpaste to imprint: "Biblioteca Musicale di Errico Armenio," Girard's reading room.
Named cast list from the premiere includes Giulia Grisi, Giovanni Battista Rubini, Antonio Tamburini, and Luigi Lablache.
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. Light scattered foxing and a few small stains throughout.
First Naples edition, later issue. Lippmann, p. 390.
Bellini's last opera I Puritani was composed to a libretto by Carlo Pepoli after Têtes Rondes et Cavaliers (1833) by Ancelot and Saintine. It premiered at the Théâtre Italien in Paris on January 24, 1835.
"Bellini anticipated Verdi in attributing to I puritani an individual ‘colorito’, which he described as ‘basically the genre of La sonnambula and Paisiello’s Nina with a touch of military robustness and something of Puritan severity’. In its harmony and scoring I puritani is Bellini’s most sophisticated opera – a direct consequence, no doubt, of its having been written for a Parisian audience." Simon Maguire, Elizabth Forbes, and Julian Budden 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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