1890 · Paris
Binding slightly worn. Some browning; former owner's signature to free front endpaper dated 1936; tape reinforcement to outer edge of verso of title. Printed from first edition plates.
Belle Lurette, to a libretto by Blum, Blau and Toché completed by Delibes, was first performed in Paris at the Renaissance on October 30, 1880.
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written... Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach's works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28772)