268 x 213 mm. On laid paper.
Depicting Orpheus leading the blind Eurydice through a forested landscape. Signed and dated in the plate, with "C. Monnet inv. del. 1764" to lower left, "N. le Mire Sculp." to lower right, and titling and "atto II. Sce II." beneath image.
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Slightly worn; trimmed within platemark; hinge mount to verso.
Hédou 414. Portalis & Béraldi II, p. 647, 131.
The first version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (in Italian) premiered in Vienna at the Burgtheater on October 5, 1762. It was published in 1764 by Duchesne in Paris with the present engraving as a frontispiece.
Charles Monnet (1732-ca. 1808) was a French painter and illustrator known for his mythical scenes as well as for his depictions of the French Revolution.
Noël le Mire (1724-1801) was one of the most active engravers in Paris during the 18th century.
"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.
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