Napoli: Stabilimento Musicale Partenopeo [PNs 3205-10, 3219, 3590-1, 3607, 4054, 4010-1, 4207-8], [ca. 1850].
Oblong folio. 19th century dark red leather-backed green cloth boards with decorative devices gilt to spine; marbled endpapers. 123 pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved. Printed note to title indicating the 5 pieces added to the original version.
With handstamp "Scuola di Canto dei Mo. Lombardini" to title and several pages throughout. Occasional performance markings in lead and blue pencil, including notated vocal embellishments.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; remnants of paper label to spine. Lightly thumbed and foxed, heavier to some leaves; several corners with tape repairs.
First Edition, later issue, of the two-act version, later issue. Inzaghi IN. 58, p. 178. Scarce (3 copies only outside Italy).
Betly (or La capanna svizzera), a dramma giocoso to Donizetti's own libretto after Scribe, Mélesville, and Goethe, premiered in one act in Naples at the Teatro Nuovo on 21 August 1836. The present revised version in two acts was also premiered in Naples, on 29 September 1837.
"Betly has a score full of unpretentious charm and a plot that works well on the stage. The role of Daniele is akin to that of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. The highlights of the score are Betly’s solo moments: her sortita and her aria-finale, the former particularly for its local colour, with a yodel-like refrain." William Ashbrook in Grove Dictionary of Opera
Scores containing 19th century unpublished vocal embellishments are particularly interesting as they document contemporary performance practice.
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