[Napoli]: Stabilimento Musicale Partenopeo [PNs 12354-67], .
Oblong folio. Burgundy leather-backed textured cloth boards with titling gilt to spine within decorative gilt border. 188 pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Title printed within decorative blue border. Named cast list includes Nanni, Weiser, Grazini, and Corsi.
Handstamp "Scuola di Canto del Mo. Kombardini" to title and several pages throughout.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and lightly soiled; remnants of paper label to spine; endpapers slightly foxed; slightly shaken. Scattered light soiling and foxing; several leaves detached.
First Neapolitan edition, published in the same year as the edition published by Lucca in Milan.
L'assedio di Leida, a melodramma tragico in a prologue and 3 acts to a libretto by Domenico Bolognese after Elnava (1843) by Michele Cuciniello, premiered in Milan at La Scala on 4 March 1856.
L'assedio di Leida was Petrella's first opening at La Scala, and its success led to a commission for another opera. This resulted in Jone (1858), the best-known and most frequently performed of Petrella's serious operas.
"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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