1914 · Paris
With named cast in manuscript for a performance at the Opéra Comique in November of 1917 to cast list.
Wrappers worn and chipped with some loss; edges dampstained; partially detached; archival tape repairs. Some loss to lower margin of half-title; minor light staining to final few leaves. First Edition.
Béatrice, to a libretto by Caillavet and Flers after C. Nodier, was first performed in Monte Carlo on March 21, 1914.
"Messager's most significant stage work from the war years was Béatrice (1914), a quasi-Wagnerian piece, whose première was moved from Paris to Monte Carlo at the outbreak of war..."
"Messager's style is characterized by fine orchestration (evident also in the ballet music), a gift for easy-flowing melody, often in a waltz rhythm, and a skill in writing music of a dance-like character... [His]contribution to French music, both through his own works and as conductor and promoter of opera, is undeniable, and was recognized as such by his musical contemporaries in many countries." John Wagstaff and Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 28668)