Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PNs 14181-14225], . Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with dark brown cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling stamped to spine, original publisher's wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso cast list ), 5-457,  (blank) pp. Each number with separate caption title, some with separate pagination. Engraved. Text in Italian.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding worn and rubbed, with minor soiling and defects; split to head of spine. Occasional light foxing; some offsetting to caption titles.
First Italian edition.
The first of Meyerbeer's grand operas, Robert le diable was composed to a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne. It premiered at the Paris Opéra on November 21, 1831.
"The success of its premiere ... was greater than any that Meyerbeer or the Opera itself had known before and placed him unchallenged at the head of European opera composers. Rossini, his most important rival, definitively renounced the stage, and Fétis wrote in the Revue musicale (1831, 366): 'The score of Robert le diable is not just M. Meyerbeer's masterpiece; it is a work remarkable in the history of art... it incontestably places M. Meyerbeer at the head of the present German school and makes him its chief.' Within three years it had been performed in 77 theatres in ten countries. Ten years later Wagner wrote in the Dresden Abendzeitung: 'Robert le diable has a wonderful, almost sinister atmosphere... It is deathless!'" Matthias Brzoska 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 #31429
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