Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 11204-11224], [ca 1854]. Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with black cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, manuscript and stamped titling to spine, original publisher's wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents), 5-237 pp. Each number with separate caption title, some with separate pagination. Engraved.
Named cast list includes Giuseppina Ronzi, Adolphe Nourrit, Paolo Barroilhet, and Pietro Gianni
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped, with minor soiling and defects; upper wrapper and rear free endpaper lacking. Light scattered foxing throughout; slight dampstaining to lower right corner of interior leaves.
First Edition, (?later issue). Blindstamp of Tito Ricordi dated 1854 to lower inner corner of title with impression to following leaves.
Elena da Feltre, to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, was first performed at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples on January 1, 1839.
"Il giuramento (La Scala, 11 March 1837) from the night of its première was regarded as his masterpiece and became his most frequently performed opera. It also marked the point of departure for the series of successes (Elena da Feltre, Le due illustri rivali, Il bravo and La vestale) with which Mercadante set the trend in replacing the dramaturgy of the pure bel canto opera of Bellini with dramatic action that permeated the whole work. Many contemporaries, chief among them Franz Liszt, thought that in these works Mercadante overtook Donizetti himself as the leading composer of Italian opera between Bellini and Verdi." Michael Wittmann 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 #31345
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