1840 · Roma
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Slightly worn and browned; corners creased; minor foxing and staining throughout. An early edition, published after the 1840 performance in Rome. Inzaghi IN. 35, p. 151.
The lithographer of the present edition, Filippo Martelli, was one of a number of lithographers active in Rome in the 1840s; he executed lithographic editions of a number of works for the publisher Scipione De Rossi. See Twyman: Early Lithographed Music, p. 458.
Anna Bolena, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Ippolito Pindemonte's Enrico VIII, ossia Anna Bolena (1816) and Alessandro Pepoli's Anna Bolena (1788), was first performed in Milan at the Teatro Carcano on December 26, 1830.
The duet "S'ei t'abbore" between Percy (Riccardo) and Anna comes near the end of the first Act and was sometimes replaced in performances. Ashbrook: Donizetti and his Operas, pp. 617-618.
"This was Donizetti's first great international success, giving him his initial exposure to Paris and London audiences. Pasta (Anne) and Rubini (Percy) sang in the première. Immensely popular for almost half a century, it re-entered the modern repertory following a triumphant revival at La Scala with Callas in 1957. Since then the work has proved a favourite vehicle for such bel canto specialists as Sutherland, Sills and Caballé." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén. (Inventory #: 31312)