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Caritea Regina di Spagna Melodramma Serio Poesia del Sig.r Cav.e Pola... composto espressamente per il Gran Teatro La Fenice... Fr 30. [Piano-vocal score]
Milano: Giov. Ricordi [PNs 2707-10, 2762-63, 3218, 3311-12, 3314-15, 3315/2, 3317, 3317/2, 3319, 3319/2, 3321-27, 3329-30, 3332-33], 1827. [?]First Edition (Pacini also issued an edition of the piano-vocal score, Paris, ca. 1827). Grove Music Online. Catalogo Ricordi Online. OCLC no. 21832431. Caritea, regina di Spagna, ossia La morte di Don Alfonso re di Portogallo, was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on February 21, 1826. "The second enduring success of his career came in Venice at the beginning of 1826, with Donna Caritea. For contemporary critics the success of the opera was due chiefly to its warrior heroine and the account of her defensive campaign against a foreign enemy. However, Caritea, who overcomes her hatred of men to become a loving wife, was also Mercadante's first depiction of an operatic character suffering inner conflict, a theme that later became central to many of his operas and inspired his most successful works." Michael Wittmann in Grove Music Online. "There is some personal tragedy in the fact that by freeing himself from conformity with the operatic standards of the time in order to emphasize his (retrospective) ideals, Mercadante was sowing the seeds of their oblivion and his own. However, it seems time to abandon the superficial musicological notion that the repertory obeys the laws of natural selection, and allow Mercadante his proper place as one of the most significant Italian composers of the 19th century." Michael Wittmann in Grove Music Online.. Oblong folio. Contemporary dark green morocco-backed marbled boards, spine with titling and decorative elements gilt, blue speckled edges. 1f. (title with named cast list for the first performance printed to lower portion), 277, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Each number with its own imprint, plate number, price, and pagination. Binding slightly soiled and bumped; head of spine slightly defective; front free endpaper creased. Title slightly worn and creased. An attractive, wide-margined copy.
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