Torino: Fratelli Favale, .
Small octavo. Original publisher's yellow printed wrappers with titling within decorative borders to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. ("Avvertimento"), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso named production staff), 1f. (recto named instrumentalists, verso blank), 9-45 pp.
Named cast list includes Cristina Ramos-Villò, Cristina Cantoni, G. B. Verger, Valentino Sermattei, Faustino Lonati, and Michele Novaro.
Wrappers slightly worn and creased; "Bellini" in contemporary manuscript to upper.
La Straniera (The Stranger), set to a libretto by Felice Romani after the novel by Victor-Charles Prévôt, premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on February 14, 1829.
"Stylistically more unified than Il pirata, La straniera depicts another impetuous Romantic tenor hero, described by the composer as ‘un disperato’. The opera represents the extreme point of Bellini’s abnegation of Rossinian melodic decoration, with little opportunity for vocal display. At the same time, there is a substantial gain in dramatic tension, particularly in the trial scene at the beginning of the second act, where the potentially risible situation of a woman who believes she is responsible for the deaths of her lover and her brother, both of whom then turn up alive and well, becomes dramatically effective because of its musical content and structure." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online.
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