Milano: G. Ricordi [PNs 2046-2048, 2099-2104, 2129, 2131-2138], . Oblong folio. Half dark green leather with marbled boards, titling gilt to brown leather label on spine, yellow edges. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and index of pieces, verso blank), 285,  (blank) pp. Engraved. Each number with its own plate number, price, and secondary pagination.
Named cast includes Bianchi, Lallande, Crivelli, Lorenzani, Velluti, Boccomini, and Bramati.
With small embossed initials ("F.G.") below a crown to upper margin of title.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and soiled; front free endpaper lacking; rear pastedown with small pieces of old tape to outer corners. Margins lightly worn and foxed.
Il Crociato in Egitto, to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on March 7, 1824.
The opera "was Meyerbeer’s most successful, as well as his last, opera for an Italian stage. The part of Armando was written for the castrato Giovanni Battista Velluti, which makes the work noteworthy as the last major opera with a role for that voice type. Following its Venetian première, Il crociato took other houses by storm: within a little over a year productions were mounted in Florence, Trieste, Padua, Parma and London. The work then served as Meyerbeer’s entrée to Paris, where it was first performed at the Théâtre Italien on 25 September 1825 with the soprano Giuditta Pasta in the role of Armando and Nicholas Levasseur as Aladino." Steven Huebner 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 #31526
Price: $600.00 other currencies