Oblong folio. 2 volumes. Leather-backed marbled paper boards; titling stamped to spine in decorative compartments. Notated in black ink on 24-stave paper. Folio pagination to lower right corner of each leaf.
Volume 1: 1f. (title), 10ff. (Sinfonia), f.11(named cast list, index), 12-108ff.
Volume 2: 76ff.
With annotations, corrections, cuts, etc., indicating that the present score may have been used for performance.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Bindings somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; spine faded. Edges soiled; trimmed at upper margin, occasionally just touching caption titles.
Apparently the only source for the opera. Steiger: Titelkatalog II p. 449 (citing the date of first performance as October 6, 1853).
Mela's opera Il Feudatario was composed to a libretto by Marco Marcelliano and first performed in Verona at the Teatro Nuovo on October 12, 1853.
Il Feudatario was the first opera by Vincenzo Mela, one of many 19th-century Italian opera composers who has fallen into obscurity over the years. The premiere attracted significant attention, but received a rather negative review in the Gazzetta musicale di Milano (see Nos. 42-43, October 1853). Mela went on to compose several more operas of varying success, including L'alloggio militare (1855) and Cristoforo Colombo (1857), but failed to achieve a lasting reputation. According to Carrado Ambiveri, he was a "ferocious Wagner-phobe" and that "When one spoke of Wagner's music in his presence, he declared in no uncertain terms that he could have written three of those operas in one night." Operisiti minori (Gremese, 1998), p. 95.
The libretto was published first for the premiere and then by Ricordi in 1864. A piano reduction of the Sinfonia was issued by Lucca in 1865. It does not appear that either a piano-vocal score or a full score was ever published, and we have been unable to locate any other source for this opera.
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