Milano: Gaspare Truffi, 1840. Small octavo. Contemporary plain blue wrappers with composer and title inscribed in ink to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso named instrumentalists), 1f. (recto named production personnel, verso named dancers), - pp. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes Teresa Ruggeri, Rafffaele Scalese, Lorenzo Salvi, Luigia Abbadia, Gaetano Rossi, Napoleone Marconi, and Gio. Bat. Tiraboschi. With choreography by Giovanni Galzerani.
Wrappers somewhat worn, torn, and dampstained; original light olive green printed wrappers lacking, with remnant of upper preceding title. Slightly worn and browned; moderately foxed; small hole to blank upper inner margins of final leaves.
First Edition of the Italian verson.
Originally written for the Paris Opéra Comique, La Fille du Régiment, set to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard, premiered on February 11, 1840. Shortly thereafter, Donizetti prepared an opera buffa version, cutting certain numbers and adding others, while also replacing the French spoken dialogue with recitatives. The Italian libretto was translated and augmented by Calisto Bassi and premiered in Italy in the present production at La Scala on October 3, 1840.
"During the 19th century the Italian version proved more popular than the French in England and the USA (except in New Orleans) and many famous singers, including Henriette Sontag, Jenny Lind and Adelina Patti made their mark as the vivandière. At Covent Garden the work disappeared about 1875, but it was resuscitated happily more than 80 years later with Joan Sutherland as Marie." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online. Item #31727
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