Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 10470-3, 11999-12000, 12007-12025], .
Oblong folio. Original publisher's decorative dark pink printed wrappers with series title ("Opere teatrali complete") to upper and publisher's catalog to lower. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents), 5-253,  (blank) pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Eugenia Tadolini, Antonio Deval, Rosa Ollivieri, Carlo Porto, Antonio Antonelli, and Arcangelo Lorenzini.
Blindstamp of Tito Ricordi ("T.R.") dated June 1861 ("6/61") to lower outer corners of upper wrapper and initial leaves.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Partially disbound. Wrappers worn and soiled, with loss to spine and lower; lower detached. Scattered light foxing and soiling throughout; small tear to p. 11, not affecting music.
First Edition (1840), later issue (June 1861 as per publisher's blindstamp).
La solitaria delle Asturie was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on March 6, 1838. It was then revised and performed at Carlo Felice in Genoa on February 10, 1839.
"[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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