Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 3194/3097, 3191-97, 3623, 3625, 3627-32, 3634-36, 3638-41, 3643], .
Oblong folio. Mid-tan leather-backed marbled boards. 1f. (recto title, verso named cast list and contents), 251, [i] (blank) pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Named cast list includes Favelli, Lorenzani, David, Galli, Ruggeri, Lombardi, and Poggiali.
With small decorative address label of musicseller L. Menegazzoli in Verona to lower margin of upper board and their handstamp to title.
From the collection of Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; remnants of paper label to spine; handstamp "454" to upper outer corner of free front endpaper. Slightly browned and foxed.
First Edition. Scarce.
Gli arabi nelle Gallie, a melodramma semiserio in 2 acts to a libretto by Romanelli after C.V.P. d’Arlincourt's Le renégat, premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on 8 March 1827.
"The tremendous success of two serious operas – Alessandro nelle Indie (1824) and L’ultimo giorno di Pompei (1825) – at the Teatro S Carlo in Naples, as well as Gli arabi nelle Gallie at La Scala, gained him a position as the leading Italian composer of the late 1820s and began a productive relationship with the impresario Domenico Barbaia, who gave him a nine-year contract as musical director of the Neapolitan theatres, a post vacated by Rossini in 1822." Scott L. Balthazar, et al. in Grove Music Online.
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