Collection of Italian Opera Libretti and Ballet Synopses
An interesting collection of 10 early-19th-century Italian libretti and ballet synopses, from productions at Milan's La Scala and Teatro alla Canobbiana. Included are librettos to: Nè l'un, nè l'altro by Simon Mayr (Milan: Giacomo Pirola, ; 64 pp.); Il Sofi Trippone, ossiano I Desiderii by Francesco Ruggi (Milan: Tipografia Pirola, ; 72 pp.); Idomeneo by Vincenzo Federici (Milan: Giocamo Pirola, ; 36 pp.); and La Donna Bianca d'Avenello by Stefano Pavesi (Milan: Gaspare Truffi, ; 52 pp.). The ballet synopses included are: Il Matrimonio per Concorso (Milano: Antonio Fontana, ; 2 copies); Cleopatra Regina di Siria (Milano: Giacomo Pirola. ); Le Sette Reculte (Milan: G. Truffi e Comp., ); Ipermestra ossia Le Danaidi (Milano: Carlo Dova, ); and Tamerlano (Milan: Giacomo Pirola, ). In very good to fine condition overall, two with marbled paper wrappers.
The Teatro alla Canobbiana was inaugurated in 1779, a little more than a year after the opening of the Teatro alla Scala. La Scala was intended for the more aristocratic audiences, while the Cannobiana was considered the theater for the public at large. In 1894, it was renamed the Teatro Lirico.