Milano: Francesco Lucca [PN 2840-44, 2864-89], [January 1841].
Oblong folio. Half dark green leather-backed marbled boards with dark red leather label with titling and decorative devices gilt to spine. 1f. (title within decorative border engraved by Castelli), 1f. (blank), 1f. (contents, named cast list), 5-268 pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved. Text in Italian.
Named cast list includes Duprez, Stolz, Barroilhet, Levasseur, Wartel, Elian, and Molinier.
With "Thomas Scherman" stamped in gilt to lower outer corner of upper board and small embossed initials beneath crown to upper margin of front free endpaper.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Scattered light foxing.
A strong impression on good quality paper.
First Italian edition. Inzaghi IN. 67, p. 188. Gaspari III, p. 301. Scarce (1 copy located in the U.S., at Harvard).
La Favorite, to a libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz with additions by Eugène Scribe, was first performed at the Paris Opéra on December 2, 1840.
Donizetti used his earlier unperformed opera L’ange de Nisida as the basis for La Favorite, though the plots are considerably different. The original French version would become a standard in Paris, performed regularly at the Opéra until 1918. It has become widely regarded as one of Donzietti's best operas, with considerable attention given to the fourth act.
"In spite of its mixture of sources, La favorite must rank among Donizetti's best works, although it slips from its high standard in a few instances, such as the merely efficient ballet music." Ashbrook, p. 447.
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