Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 4000-4019], . Oblong folio. Vellum-backed black paper boards with "C.G." gilt to upper and lower, manuscript and stamped titling to spine. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 3 (table of contents), 4 (named cast list), 5-278 pp. Each number with separate caption title and pagination. Engraved.
Named cast includes Lorenzo Salvi, Luciano Fornasari, Ottavia Malvani, and Elisa Bendini.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn and rubbed. Light scattered foxing throughout, heavier to title; several tears repaired; minor soiling to last few leaves.
First Edition, issued in the same year as the Pacini edition in Paris. OCLC 46546171.
Il Reggente, to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano after Eugène Scribe’s play Gustave III (1833), was first performed in Turin at the Teatro Regio on February 2, 1843.
"There is little in Mercadante’s music of the human intensity or lyrical strength that makes a masterpiece of Verdi’s opera; nevertheless it has a refinement and richness of invention and a greater sense of personal involvement than is usual with Mercadante, giving this opera a special place in its composer’s output.." 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 #31344
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