Napoli: Stabilmento Musicale T. Cottrau [PNs 13230-45], [ca. 1861].
Oblong folio. Blue printed wrappers, with original publisher's upper wrapper trimmed and laid down. 1f. (title), 196 pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Wrappers worn and soiled; lower lacking. Minor browning to margins; occasional foxing; small dampstain to lower margin of title and first few leaves.
First Edition, later issue (with prices in Lira). Scarce (1 copy only in the U.S., at Julliard).
Il duca di Scilla, a melodramma serio in 4 acts to a libretto by Giovanni Peruzzini and Leone Fortis, premiered in Milan at La Scala on 24 March 1859.
"Petrella was one of the last composers of the old Neapolitan tradition. ... As one of the most performed composers of the generation between Donizetti and Puccini, Petrella has a distinctive place in the history of Italian opera." Michael Rose in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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