1951 · Paris
Named cast for performance in 1951 includes Pierre Nougaro, Miro Skala, Michel Taverne, Charles Soix, René Coulon, Paul Grosjean, Lucien Cattin, Raymond Romanin, J. L. Bacque, Georgette Camart, Marthe Couste, and Josette Sulmonte.
Wrappers slightly worn, Peters handstamp to lower margin of upper. Occasional minor creasing; outer edges slightly frayed. First Edition.
In five acts to a libretto by François-Hippolyte Leroy and Henri Trianon, Ivan IV was first performed in Württemberg at Mühringen Castle in 1946; it was first performed publically in Bordeaux at the Grand Théatre on October 12, 1951.
Bizet appears to have worked intensively on Ivan IV, a libretto originally intended for Gounod, in the winter of 1862-3 in expectation of a performance at Baden-Baden... This is Bizet's largest and longest work, conceived in the manner of Meyerbeer's operas for a large cast and orchestra..." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 29528)