Napoli: B. Girard e Co. [PNs 7164-71655, 9933, 10197-10212], .
Oblong folio. Vellum-backed and edged boards with black cloth laid down, initials "C.G." gilt to upper, titling to spine stamped in black. Publisher's original pink printed wrappers bound in, with series title "Opere teatrali intere" and catalog to upper. 1f. (title), 1f. (cast list, contents), 5-187,  (blank) pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Contains a total of 20 separately-published numbers from the opera.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and scuffed. Scattered light foxing.
A very good copy.
First Edition of the revised version. Rare (no copies located outside of Italy).
Medea, a melodramma tragico in three acts to a libretto by Benedetto Castiglia, premiered in Palermo at the Real Teatro Carolino on 28 November 1843. The opera was revised for a performance in Vicenza at the Teatro Eretenio in 1845.
"Although his audience was apparently bewildered by the opera at the première, after its second performance it was acclaimed as Pacini’s best work to date. Thus it capped a triumphant year-long visit to Palermo during which a statue of the composer was erected alongside one of Bellini. In its music Medea represents a partial retreat from the innovations of Saffo (1840). Nonetheless, it contains many moments of great intensity, notably in Medea’s duet with Jason, the concertato finale of Act 2 and the slow movement of the heroine’s aria finale in Act 3." Scott L. Balthazar in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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