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Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)

Hérodiade. Opèra En 3 Actes. [Vocal Score].

G. Hartmann: Paris, [1882]. Pl.n G. H. 1190. First Edition [of piano-vocal score of three-act version]. Small quarto. 341 pp. With original wrappers bound in. Green buckram boards. Dealer stamp on title page (not affecting). Light and occasional foxing. A very nice copy.
Inscribed on the title page, almost certainly to mezzo-soprano Laure Beauvais, who would premiere the role of Albine in Massenet's Thaïs in 1894: à Madame Beauvais | hommage respectueux de | son admirations | J. Massenet | Janv. /82.

This first-edition piano-vocal score was issued the year after the opera's premiere. (We cannot find evidence of a full orchestral score being published before Massenet revised the opera to four acts in 1884.)

Little record exists of Laure Beauvais's career, though she seems to have been active for some time at the Paris Opéra in the late 1800s. She also sang at the role of the narrator in Debussy's La Damoiselle élue at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
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