Aida Opera in Quattro Atti Versi di A. Ghislanzoni ... Diritto di traduzione riservato . [Piano-vocal score].

Milano: Edizioni Ricordi Proprietà per tutti i paesi Deposto a Norma dei Trattati [PN 42602], [1872].

Octavo. Newly bound in dark blue morocco with matching cloth boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto polychrome title within elaborate decorative borders lithographed by Doyen in Turin, verso blank), [1] (named cast list for the first performances in Milan and Cairo), [2] ("Riduzione di Franco Faccio"), [3]-20 (libretto), 1f. (recto blank, verso contents), iv, 289, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed.

Named cast includes Paride Povoleri, Maria Waldman, Teresina Stolz, Giuseppe Fancelli, Ormondo Maini, Francesco Pandolfini, and Luigi Vistarini in Milan and Tommaso Costa, Eleonora Grossi, Antonietta Pozzoni, Pietro Mongini, Paolo Medini, Francesco Steller, and Stecchi-Bottardi in Cairo.

Slightly worn; title and first leaves foxed; uniform light browning, heavier to outer blank margins; lower outer corners soiled; small oval handstamp to blank lower margin of title with contemporary manuscript annotation.

First Edition (probable second issue) of the first version of the opera. Hopkinson 62A(a). Fuld 2b, p. 590 and p. 694 (presenting various possibilities as the first issue of the work, including the present one). Chusid p. 12. Crawford p. 565 (third issue).

Verdi's Aida was first performed in Cairo at the Cairo Opera House on 24 December 1871. The Italian premiere, to which Verdi devoted great attention, took place in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on 8 February 1872.

"There is ... one important aspect in which Aida remains the most radical and ‘modern’ of Verdi’s scores: its use of local colour. Aida, constantly alluding to its ambience in harmony and instrumentation, is the one Verdi opera that could not conceivably be transported to another geographical location. In this respect it was an important indication of the influence local colour would come to have over fin-de-siècle opera, and an object lesson on the delicacy and control with which this colour could be applied to the standard forms and expressive conventions of Italian opera." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online.

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