1936 · Wien
Handstamp and paper overpastes of Glocken-Verlag to title.
Title and contents page signed "Dario Soria" and "D. Soria." With performance annotations regarding timing, etc. in pencil.
Wrappers worn; old tape and glue repairs to spine. Slightly browned; upper outer corners creased. First Edition, later issue.
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) was composed to a libretto by Victor Léon und Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac's L'attaché d'ambassade (1861). It was first performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien on December 30, 1905.
"In the field of operetta, Die lustige Witwe remains a masterpiece. It has a fund of marvellous melodies that remain astonishingly fresh-ever inventive, ever graceful." Andrew Lamb in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
Soria and his wife Dorle Jamel Soria founded Angel Records. They produced recordings of operatic works for EMI, Capitol, and RCA, and went on to establish the Spoleto Music Festiva with Gian Carlo Menotti. It would appear from the pencilled notes that the present score was used for recording. (Inventory #: 32029)