1840 · Leipzig
Title with publisher's handstamp to blank lower margin with "Stuttgart, bei G.A. Zumsteeg" overpaste.
Binding slightly worn and bumped. Some leaves lightly dampstained at inner margins; final signatures with heavier staining and cockling; occasional foxing; several pages with the handstamps of "K.K St." and the "Bibliothek d. W. Hochschule f. Musik Stuttgart," occasionally touching text. First German edition. Scarce. Schneider p. 996. OCLC nos. 165951327, 165539506, 634653857, 84317277 (4 complete copies, only one of which is in the U.S., at Harvard).
Le Lac des fées was first performed at the Opéra in Paris on April 1, 1839. "The opera is more important for its mise en scène than for its music. The descent of the fairy-sisters to the lake is a vehicle for elaborate stage effects and ballet sequences. That scene and a madness-dream sequence in Act 4 reflect the strong influence that the convent scene from Meyerbeer's Robert le diable continued to wield at the Opéra. Though the opera had only 30 performances, its overture, one of Auber's best, remained popular in France throughout the 19th century." Laurie Shulman in Grove Music Online.
Auber (1782-1871) was the foremost composer of opéra comique in nineteenth-century France. His operas enjoyed great success not only in his native France but also in Germany, Denmark, and England. In addition to his activities as a composer, Auber was for a time the director of the Paris Conservatoire. (Inventory #: 25584)