Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [H. & Cie. 18648], .
Folio. Full modern blue cloth with original publisher's ivory wrappers with embossed rose, yellow, green, and silver floral decorative device to upper left portion bound in. 1f. (recto facsimile manuscript dedication, verso decorative device), 1f. (recto title within decorative chromolithographic border, verso decorative device), [i] (notes on performances and named cast lists), [ii] (contents), [i] (decorative device), 227, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast for the first performance includes Calvé, Wyns, Guiraudon, Leprestre, Marc Nohel, Gresse, Jacquet, and Dufour and for the reprise Marguerite Carré, Raveau, Teyte, Salignac, J. Périer, Delvoye, Cazenueve, and Belhomme.
Binding slightly worn and stained. Wrappers very slightly trimmed.
Sapho, to a libretto by Cain and A. Bernède after A. Daudet, was performed for the first time in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on 27 November 1897, under the direction of M. Léon Carvalho; reprised on 22 January 1909, under the direction of M. Albert Carré.
"In Sapho Massenet made his first attempt at an opera in a modern setting ... Sapho is certainly one of Massenet’s finest works, but it has been unaccountably neglected. It exists in both an original and a revised version."
"[Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online.
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