Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 11376-11405], . Oblong folio. Quarter-vellum with marbled boards, spine with mid-tan leather label with titling gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents), 3-342 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
Named cast includes Domenico Donzelli, Andrea Castellan, Eugenia Tadolini, Sofia Schoberlechner, and Pietro Balzar.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981); previously from the collection of Italian composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917), with his signature, " "880" in manuscript, another contemporary signature, and two handstamps of the "Gabinetto Musicale di Gaetano Zani Bologna" to title.
Binding worn, rubbed, abraided, and bumped; corner of lower quite worn, with loss to vellum; lacking free endpapers. Light wear and soiling throughout; a number of corners creased; occasional annotations in pencil.
First edition, co-issued with Lucca. OCLC 46545266.
Il Bravo, to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi and Marco Marcelliano Marcello after James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Bravo (1831) and Auguste Anicet Bourgeois’ play La Vénitienne (1834), was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on March 9, 1839.
"Il Bravo is one of Mercadante’s most interesting and successful operas. The musical structures show a real attempt to fuse the varied elements of early 19th-century Italian opera into a more continuous dramatic texture. It had a prodigious success at La Scala at the time when the young Verdi had just arrived in Milan, and anyone interested in Mercadante’s influence on his great successor can hardly miss the overtones of Sparafucile, and indeed Rigoletto, in the chief character." Michael Rose in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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 #31343
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