1880 · Paris
Named cast for the first performances includes Rochois, Desmatins, Moreau, le Maure, du Mesny, Chopelet, Frère, Hardouin, Desvoyes, and Dun.
Binding very slightly worn; tail of spine slightly abraided. Minor foxing; small handstamp of previous owner G. Barrère to upper outer margin of title, publisher's facsimile signature handstamp to lower outer margin. In the series Chefs-d'Oeuvre Classiques de l'Opéra Français.
Armide, to a libretto by Quinault after Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on February 15, 1686.
"Armide represents Lully and Quinault's style at its most mature. As in Roland, Quinault's exploration of a character's inward conflict is subtly complemented by the details of Lully's music. The recitatives contain a greater degree of rhythmic and tonal subtlety than those in any previous opera, and 18th- century observers recognized this feature, praising Armide as a model of expressive text declamation. As in the other operas of the mid-1680s, Lully makes particularly effective use of the orchestra in certain vocal passages..." Lois Rosow in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28880)