Milano: G. Ricordi & C., 1893.
Octavo. Original publisher's printed wrappers with titling within blue decorative border to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), 1f. (named cast list), 1f. (synopsis), -61,  (blank), [63-64] (publisher's advertisement) pp.
Cast list includes Cesira Ferrani, Achille Moro, Giuseppe Cremonini, Alessandro Polonini, Roberto Ramini, Augusto Castagnoli, Elvira Ceresoli, Ferd. Cattadori, and Augusto Ginghini, with names of contemporary performers added in pencil.
Publisher's blind stamp "Ricordi 1 1893" to inner lower corner of upper wrapper and following leaves.
Wrappers slightly worn, chipped, and soiled; small tear to upper margin; spine slightly defective; handstamp "Impresa Luigi Cesari & C. Teatro Regio Torino" and ownership signature of Fanchiotti dated Torino, February 1, 1893, the day of the premiere, to upper margin of upper. Slightly worn; browned; small tear to blank margin of title
First Edition. Fuld p. 191.
Manon Lescaut, to a libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica after Prévost's novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, premiered in Turin at the Teatro Regio on 1 February 1893.
"Of all Puccini’s operas Manon Lescaut had the most tormented genesis. His publisher Ricordi tried to dissuade him from a subject which had already achieved great popularity in Massenet’s setting of 1884, as yet unperformed in Italy. Puccini remained firm in his decision to undertake it, declaring that ‘Manon is a heroine I believe in and therefore she cannot fail to win the hearts of the public. Why shouldn’t there be two operas about her? A woman like Manon can have more than one lover.’ ... Ricordi chose the Teatro Regio Turin, for the première. The performance was conducted by Alessandro Pomè with Cesira Ferrani (Manor), Achille Moro (Lescaut), Giuseppe Cremonini (Des Grieux), Alessandro Polonini (Geronte), Elvira Ceresoli (the Singer) and Roberto Ramini (Edmondo, the Dancing Master and the Lamplighter). Manon Lescaut was Puccini’s first and only uncontested triumph, acclaimed by critics and public alike." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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