Milano: G. Ricordi [PNs 5546-5562], [ca 1855].
Oblong folio. Original publisher's wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents and named cast list, verso blank), 248 pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Tamburini, Winter, Boccabadati, Kyntherlant, Basadonna, Ambrosini II, and Ricci.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Wrappers worn and soiled; lower wrapper lacking; partially disbound. Light foxing scattered throughout, heavier to title; small tears and minor soiling to last few leaves.
First Edition, later issue (blindstamp of Tito Ricordi to title).
Edoardo in Iscozia, to a libretto by Domenico Gilardoni, was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on May 8, 1831.
"[Coccia's] early efforts were in the vein of Paisiello, in particular in a fondness for opera semiseria subjects; but in the next decade—like all Italian opera composers—he came under the influence of Rossini. In the 1820s he took positions in Lisbon and then London, returning to Italy in 1828. During the 1830s he showed that he could adapt to a post-Rossinian operatic style, writing some highly praised works for La Scala, Milan, notably Caterina di Guisa (1833) and La solitaria delle Asturie (1838). His last opera was written in 1841, and he spent his remaining years as maestro di cappella in Novara." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online.
"Coccia was an accomplished musician, who throughout his theatrical career managed to keep abreast of contemporary trends, giving scrupulous attention to detail ..." 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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