Wagner, Richard - Die Feen. Romantische Oper in Drei Akten. [Libretto].Click Image to ZoomEnlarge Image

Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Die Feen. Romantische Oper in Drei Akten. [Libretto].

K. Ferd. Heckel: Mannheim, [1888, as per WorldCat]. first edition. 16mo. 52 pp. Original paper wraps. A very good copy. Wrappers a bit delicate and unevenly toned with chip and stain at bottom front. Small chip to title page at bottom. Wormhole from p. 49 through to back wrapper.
A first-edition copy of the libretto to Wagner's first opera, Die Feen, which the composer adapted himself after Carlo Gozzi's La donna serpente.
Wagner completed Die Feen in 1833 when he was just twenty years old. He struggled to find a company and venue to stage it, though, and soon turned his attention to Das Liebesverbot and Rienzi. Although the vocal score and libretto to Die Feen were published in 1888, Wagner would never see the work performed.

Despite the opera's performance history -- or lack thereof -- Wagner thought enough of it to personally gift the manuscript to King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

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