Milano: Edoardo Sonzogno, 1902.
Small quarto. Original publisher's light brown decorative wrappers printed in dark brown and blue. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), 1f. (recto named cast, verso blank), -63 pp. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes Bice Adami Corradetti, Erina Borlinetto, Alice Zeppilli, Bianca Morello, Maria Zanini, Flora Mirco, Ferruccio Corradetti, Silvio Beccucci, and Enrico Giordani.
Wrappers slightly worn and browned; upper partially detached; spine chipped with minor loss.
Cendrillon, set to a libretto by Henri Cain after Perrault's eponymous fairy-tale, premiered in Paris at the Opéra Comique on May 24, 1899.
"Cendrillon, entirely lacking any religious overtones, is much more successful. Perrault’s well-known story allows some sharp comic characterization in Pandolfe and his awful family. Mme de Haltière’s snobbery and her two daughters’ selfishness are deftly painted, while Cendrillon is disarmingly attractive. Her suitor, Prince Charming, is sung by a ‘soprano falcon ou soprano de sentiment’, and the love music for the two sopranos is some of the finest Massenet ever wrote. There is some Handelian pastiche and much witty music somewhat reminiscent of Verdi’s Falstaff. There seem also to be parodies of Meyerbeer and Wagner, and even hints of Debussy’s manner. This is an opera that cannot fail to bring a smile to the lips, a truly effective and satisfying operatic comedy." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online.
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