1820 · Paris
With "chez Hanry Editeur de Musique Rue neuve des Petits Champs No. 17." overpaste to lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor offsetting; very light staining or creasing to upper blank margins of some leaves; small stab hole to upper inner margins; slight loss to edges of pp. 11-12, not affecting music. A very good copy overall. First French Edition (with supplement for the added recitative and cavatina to pp. 225-235). Gossett p. 312. OCLC no. 19132048.
Otello, to a libretto by Francesco Berio di Salsa after William Shakespeare's play, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro del Fondo on December 4, 1816.
"Rossini's choice of Shakespeare's Othello, complete with its tragic denouement, was a bold and original one at the time... In the 19th century the opera's huge popularity owed much to the final act. Meyerbeer wrote: 'The third act of Otello established its reputation so firmly that a thousand errors could not shake it. This third act is really godlike, and what is so extraordinary is that its beauties are quite un-Rossini-like. First-rate declamation, continuously impassioned recitative, mysterious accompaniments full of local colour, and, in particular, the style of the old romances brought to highest perfection'." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 26392)