Napoli: T. Cottrau [PNs 14601-38], 1866.
Oblong folio. Green leather-backed textured cloth boards with initials "G.D.A." gilt to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (title), 1f. (secondary title with catalog), 1f. (named cast list, contents), 7-293,  (blank) pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Named cast list includes Francesco Pandolfini, Marcellina Lotti Della Santa, Giorgio Stigelli, Raffaele Mirate, Marco Arati, and Adelaide Morelli.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed; hinges split; front free endpaper lacking. Title worn and detached, with small tears to blank edges; blank lower outer corners of first ca. 30ff. creased and torn; light scattered foxing.
First Edition, published before that of Lucca in Milan. Scarce (2 copies located in the U.S., at the Newberry Library and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
Virginia, a tragedia lirica in 3 acts to a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano after Vittorio Alfieri, premiered in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo on 7 April 1866.
In the tumult of the Italian wars of independence, Mercadante composed Virginia for performance in Naples in 1850. The political implications of the story, however, led the work to be banned. Mercadante refused to allow the opera's setting to be shifted from Rome to Egypt, and so the opera lay dormant until after the dissolution of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The successful premiere in 1866 was perhaps the most significant event in Mercadante's later life.
Price: $200.00 other currencies