Il Pirata melodramma serio in due atti da rappresentarsi nel Teatro Carignano l'Autunno del 1837. [Libretto]

Torino: Tipografia Favale, [1837]. Small octavo. Original publishers dark ivory printed wrappers with titling within decorative border. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. ("Avvertimento"), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso named instrumentalists), 1f. (recto named production personnel, verso blank), 7-[44] pp. Text in Italian.

Named singers include Gaetano Antoldi, Giuseppina Strepponi, Domenico Donzelli, Felice Riccio, Pietro Rodda, and Luigia Olivieri.

Wrappers slightly worn, browned and creased; circular blindstamp to upper with impression visible to first few leaves, small area of ink transfer to verso. Moderately foxed; minor dampstaining to blank upper margins; contemporary signature to verso of final leaf with show-through.

Il Pirata, set to a libretto by Felice Romani after the play "Bertram" by Isadore J. S. Taylor, premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on October 27, 1827.

"Il pirata was only [Bellini's] second professional production, and his first collaboration with Romani. Bellini took over six months writing the opera, in order to impress the audience at La Scala. With an excellent cast that included Giovanni Battista Rubini as Gualtiero, Henriette Méric-Lalande as Imogene and Antonio Tamburini as Ernesto, the opera was well received and Bellini was hailed as an exciting new voice." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #31720

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