1872 · Paris
Named cast includes Prelly, Duchesne, Potel, and Julien.
Boards detached and slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; spine worn and damaged with portions lacking; endpapers chipped. Small annotation in black ink to upper outer corner of title. First Edition, early issue, with "Op. 24" added to title but still with the address 265, Rue St. Honoré.
In one act to a libretto by Louis Gallet after Alfred de Musset's story Namouna, Djamileh was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart) on 22 May 1872.
"Bizet's score is full of inventive touches, especially in its use of chromatic colour, widely mistaken for Wagnerism in 1872. In the final duet the music takes on a more serious and passionate tone, and Djamileh is characterized from the beginning by a darkly expressive melody. Her main solo, the 'Ghazel', blends exotic colour, chromatic side-slips, suppressed passion and the key of D minor to give a strong foretaste of the Habanera in Carmen." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 29435)