Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868)
Three Early-Edition Librettos: L'Inganno Felice, L'Italiana in Algeri, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.12mo. See additional notes below.
A nice set of early-edition librettos for three of Rossini's early operas:
L'Inganno felice. Firenze: Stamperia Fantosini, [likely dating from the first decade following the opera's premiere in 1812]. 27 pp. Contemporary paper wrappers. Wormholes in title and final pages, but otherwise in good, clean condition.
L'Italiana in Algeri. Milano: Francesco Lucca, [1845, as per WorldCat]. 39 pp. Original paper wrappers. A few pages creased, but otherwise in good condition.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Venezia: Giuseppe Molinari, [c. 1840, as per WorldCat]. 31 pp. Original paper wrappers. Some foxing and spotting, but otherwise in good condition.
L'Inganno felice was Rossini's first emphatic success. He wrote the one-act work, which he classified as a farsa, to a libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa for the Venetian Teatro San Moisè, where it premiered in January 1812. (Rossini wrote five of his first nine operas for this venue). The popular opera helped Rossini secure his first commission from La Scala in the fall of that same year and enjoyed intermittent performances on Italian stages for a decade thereafter.BKS-15526$225