Bergamo: Dalla Stamperia Natali, 1841.
Small octavo. Original publisher's yellow printed wrappers with titling within decorative border. 1f. (verso title, recto publisher's note), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso named instrumentalists, including noted cellist Alfredo Piatti), 5-48 pp.
Named cast includes Filippo Coletti, Luigi Valli, Lorenzo Salvi, Carlo Mazzoleni, Adone Dell'Oro, Giuseppina Strepponi, and Teresa Biaggi.
With a scenario of the 5-act pantomime "Sofia di Moscovia" by Antonio Monticini, set in Moscow and environs in 1498, to pp. 23-33, with cast list to p. 26.
Binding slightly worn and faded. Occasional foxing.
Marino Faliero, set to a libretto by Giovanni Emanuele Bidera after the play by Casimir Delavigne, premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Italien on March 12, 1835.
"What might be called Donizetti's Romantic manner – by then, was often triggered by subject matter: particularly tragic or gothic plots, those that called for vivid couleur locale, or featured grotesque or morally ambiguous characters, mixing of genres, or patriotic sentiment. For example, the Venetian settings of both Lucrezia Borgia and Marino Faliero provoked unusual stylistic solutions, the latter even more so because it was composed with the cosmopolitan and more flexible Parisian audience in mind. In both operas, Donizetti created a sense of Venetian colour not primarily through echoes of some imagined folk or gondolier's style, but using means at once more abstract and more specific: a preponderance of strophic designs (in Lucrezia) and vocal ornament used for exotic effect (in Marino Faliero)." Mary Ann Smart and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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