Napoli: Stabilimento Musicale T. Cottrau [PNs 9953-57, 9970-83], 1865.
Oblong octavo. Brown cloth-backed,marbled boards, original publisher's dark ivory printed wrappers bound in. 132 pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni.
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed; head and tail of spine chipped; endpapers slightly soiled; lower wrapper lacking. Light browning.
First Edition of this arrangement, later issue. Rare (no copies located outside Italy).
Il carnevale di Venezia, an opera buffa in 3 acts to a libretto by Marco d'Arienzo, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro Nuovo on 11 May 1851.
"Petrella treats this tenuous plot with great vivacity and humour ... His score is famous for its extensive use of ‘parlanti’ (vocal declamation over orchestral music) ... Though sometimes despised by the critics, Petrella's most successful operas remained in the repertory of smaller Italian opera houses up to the time of World War I. 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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