Milano: G. Ricordi e Co. [PN 6755], .
Oblong folio. Red marbled paper wrappers. Sewn. 11,  (blank) pp. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Wrappers slightly worn and faded. Slightly worn and browned; partially detached at lower inner margin; minor foxing and staining throughout; occasional small tears; some corners creased;
First Edition. Inzaghi IN. 44, pp. 158-9.
Il Furioso nell’isola di San Domingo, to a libretto by Jacopo Ferretti based on a play of the same name after Don Quixote, was first performed at the Teatro Valle in Rome on January 2, 1833.
The duet "Di quegli occhi" between Cardenio and Kaidamà comes near the end of the first Act.
"Il furioso is sometimes described as an opera semiseria because of the presence in the cast of a buffo character – Kaidamà, who is a ‘natural’ defective and therefore a foil to Cardenio’s delusions; but he is a figure of pathos rather than fun. It is in fact a Romantic melodramma through and through, and is so described in the original libretto. The score contains some finely wrought arias and moving ensembles." William Ashbrook 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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