1906 · Paris
Binding slightly soiled; frayed at corners; leather spine label slightly lacking at left edge; endpapers slightly foxed. Very slightly browned; occasional foxing; some corners creased, some with very minor loss. First Edition, first issue, without date of first performance to cast list.
"Ariane was designed on a grand scale and grandly staged at the Opera in 1906. Catulle Mendès's libretto treats Theseus's flight from Crete with Ariadne as well as her sister Phaedra, with whom he falls in love. Its success was largely built on the fourth act, in which Ariadne descends to the underworld to plead with Persephone to restore her dead sister. Lucy Arbell, from then on to be closely associated with Massenet's operas, made a great impression in the role of Persephone, especially with her aria 'Des roses, des roses', a late addition to the score. The third act, in which Ariadne pleads with Phaedra to intercede with Theseus on her behalf, is scarcely less touching. Of all the many operas on the Theseus myth, this is one of the few to include Phaedra and to dramatize the rivalry of the two sisters for Theseus's love... Ariane's success at the Opéra in 1906 called for a sequel, Bacchus, though this enjoyed no success at all." Hugh Macdonald, et al. in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 29540)