Napoli: B. Girard e Ci. [PNs 5591-96, 5718, 5734-39, 5803, 5849-62], [ca. 1850].
Oblong folio. Dark red cloth-backed patterned boards. 1f. (title),  (named cast list, contents), 4-252 pp. Each number with separate caption titles and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Named cast list includes performers from the Vienna, Paris, and Naples premieres.
A few performance markings in red pencil.
Sinfonia arranged for two pianos by Czerny.
Binding rather worn; paper loss to all edges; spine mostly lacking. Scattered light soiling and foxing.
First Naples edition, later issue, with alternative numbers. Inzaghi IN. 73, p. 192.
In 3 acts to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after d’Ennery and Lemoine’s play La grâce de Dieu (1841), Linda di Chamounix premiered in Vienna at the Kärntnertortheater on 19 May 1842.
"The score of Linda is a monument to Donizetti’s unfailing good taste, from the finely crafted overture to the final ensemble. A particularly effective moment is the brief unaccompanied prayer for five solo voices in Act 3. Linda, although a fixture on the Italian stage for its first 50 years, deserves to be better known: it makes clear much about the musical environment in which Verdi developed. Although its naive, demi-caractère plot strains the credulity, the score is vocally so grateful and possesses so much cohesiveness that it largely overcomes this liability." William Ashbrook in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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