Milano: Tito di Gio. Ricordi [PN 27866-27888], . Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with black paper laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling stamped to spine, original publisher's wrappers bound in. 1f. (title within decorative border printed in blue), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso cast list ), 5-246 pp. Each number with separate caption title, some with separate pagination. Publisher's blindstamp to lower inner margin of first leaves. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding worn and bumped; minor paper loss to boards; small split at hinge; head and tail of spine chipped. Occasional light foxing; some minor soiling to margins; vertical creases to several leaves.
First Edition, second issue (printed one year after the first).
L'Ebreo, a melodramma tragico in three acts and prologue to a libretto by A. Boni (after E. Bulwer-Lytton's Leila), was Apolloni's most widely performed work. It premiered at La Fenice in Venice on January 27, 1855, and was subsequently staged in Barcelona and Malta. The opera also received performances in Rome and Bologna under the title Lida [Leila] di Granata, at the insistence of censors.
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 #31454
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