Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PNs 4022-41], .
Oblong folio. Dark green cloth-backed blue marbled boards. 208 pp. Each number with seperate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
Named cast list includes Meric Lalande, Marcionni, Unger, Reina, Tamburini, Spiaggi, and Asti. Series statement to caption titles: "Anno 10. Classe 4. Fascicolo ... della Bibl.a di Musica"
Small handstamp "Aebonamento" to foot of title.
From the collection of Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni.
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed; scattered defects; remants of paper label to spine. Front free endpaper and title detached; light thumbing and foxing throughout; a few small tears to corners and blank margins; occasional markings in pencil and black ink; final leaf bound in reverse.
First complete edition. Scarce (3 copies only in the U.S.). Lippmann p. 379.
La straniera, a melodramma in 2 acts to a libretto by Felice Romani after Victor-Charles Prévôt’s L’étrangère (1825), premiered in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on 14 February 1829.
"Stylistically more unified than Il pirata, La straniera depicts another impetuous Romantic tenor hero, described by the composer as ‘un disperato’. The opera represents the extreme point of Bellini’s abnegation of Rossinian melodic decoration, with little opportunity for vocal display. At the same time, there is a substantial gain in dramatic tension, particularly in the trial scene at the beginning of the second act, where the potentially risible situation of a woman who believes she is responsible for the deaths of her lover and her brother, both of whom then turn up alive and well, becomes dramatically effective because of its musical content and structure." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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