London: T. Brettell, . Small octavo. Original publisher's light brown printed wrappers with titling and coat of arms of the Order of the Garter within decorative border to upper. 1f. (verso half-title, recto blank), 1f. (verso title, recto publishers note), [v]-vii (synopsis), [viii] (named list of orchestra and chorus members), [ix] (named cast list), -115 pp. Printed in English and Italian.
Named cast includes [Jeanne Anaïs] Castellan, Pauline Viardot, [Antonio] Tamburini, [Joseph] Tagliafico, [Giovanni Matteo] Mario, [Ignazio] Marini, [Marietta] Alboni, Mei, Lavia, Polonini, Bellini, Soldi, and Talamo.
With small embossed blue and white label of the Royal Italian Theatre of Covent Garden to title.
Wrappers worn and creased with short tear and minor chips; upper detached. Slightly worn; lower corners of first leaves creased. Lower wrapper lacking.
Les Huguenots premiered in Paris at the Opéra on February 29, 1836.
The present libretto was published for the first production of the opera in England and featured some of the most celebrated singers of the era, including Giovanni Matteo Mario, Jeanne Castellan, Marietta Alboni, and, in her English debut, Pauline Viardot. The Royal Italian Opera at Covent Garden's 1848 season was ambitious and lavishly produced.
"Among the greatest and most interesting novelties occurred the first production of The Huguenots in its Italian dress, as Gli Ugonotti, which took place on July 20, 1848. Enormous expenses were incurred, and a heavy loss to the unlucky Delafield (the producer) was the unfortunate result. It is stated to to such an extent was his passion carried for realism that as much as 60 pounds was paid for a single suit of armour in one of his productions." Henry Saxe Windham: The Annals of Covent Garden Theatre, pp. 191-192. Item #31714
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