Venezia: Casali, .
Small octavo. Contemporary copper wrappers with small oval dark red leather label "147" within decorative border gilt to upper. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3 ("Avvertimento dell' autore"), 4 (named cast list), 5 (named list of dancers, etc.), 6 (named orchestral and stage personnel), 7-31,  (blank) pp. On laid paper. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes [Gaetano] Antoldi, [Maria Caterina Rosalbina] Carradori Allan, [Giuditta] Grisi, [Lorenzo] Bonfigli, and [Lorenzo] Pocchini Cavalieri and dancers Augusto Le Febvre, Paolina Pèan, Giovanni Legros, Adelaide Grassi, Carlo Nichli, etc.
Wrappers slightly worn. Very slightly foxed; trimmed, with no loss of text; "Teatro La Fenice" stamps to rectos of first four leaves.
First Edition. Viola: Bibliografia Belliniana p. 60.
I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, to a libretto by Felice Romani inspired by Shakespeare's story, premiered in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on 11 March 1830.
"In I Capuleti e i Montecchi (particularly the final scene) Bellini further establishes the melodic morbidezza evident in the earlier Bianca e Fernando, and something of the formal unconventionality found in the works of his maturity. The concentration of the action on the two principal characters is notably successful. The opera is primarily a work of reclamation, in which previously written material is skilfully adapted to its new context. Admittedly the haste with which it was put together is reflected in a certain schematicism and lack of rhythmic variety in the closed numbers. On the other hand the subject of star-crossed lovers enabled Bellini to play from strength as a purveyor of tender, elegiac melody. Here, as in Zaira, he infused the simple, syllabic vocal writing of La straniera with melismatic bravura, preparing the way for that perfect synthesis of expression and virtuosity he attained in La sonnambula." Simon Maguire, Elizabeth Forbes, and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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