1866 · Paris
Named cast includes Miolan-Carvalho, Monjhauze, Ismaël, Lutz, and Gilbert.
Binding quite worn; upper joint and hinge split; spine partially detached with portions lacking. Minor to moderate foxing; some signatures split; small oval publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title. First Edition.
"The Théâtre-Lyrique opened a competition in 1864 on Jules Adenis's libretto La fiancée d'Abydos, for Prix de Rome winners whose work had not yet reached the stage. Barthe was the unanimous choice of the jury, above Émile Paladilhe and three others. Extensive changes were made during rehearsal and the première took place on 30 December 1865. Critics were largely positive, though they noted resemblances to Meyerbeer, Félicien David, Gounod, and others, and found the libretto somewhat tedious. After a respectable 21 performances (in Paris and Bayonne) the work disappeared from the repertory." Lesley A. Wright in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28838)