Lot 209
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Verdi, Giuseppe

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  • Verdi, Giuseppe
  • Don Carlos Grand Opéra en cinq actes  [vocal score], Paris: Léon Escudier, 1867first edition, signed and inscribed by the composer to the creator of the role of Philip II
  • ink on paper
“All’ amico Obin in segno d’ammirazione Parigi 19 Giugno 1874 G.Verdi”, on the verso of the index & cast-list,  [4] & 359 pages (c.27 x 19cm), lithographed, plate no. L.E.2765, contemporary quarter red morocco, flyleaf, title and cast-list loose, pages 171-178 misbound (after page 270), [Hopkinson 61 A]

Catalogue Note

A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.  Louis-Henri Obin (1820-1895) created the role of Philip II in Don Carlos at the Paris première in 1867, and is named in the printed cast list.  He had also sung at the premiere of Les vêpres siciliennes in 1855.  The King’s first entry is marked on the contents page by the singer “Entrée p.117”.  Verdi was in Paris for the French premiere of the Requiem, which was given eight performance at the Opéra-Comique, having been performed for the first time only the previous month in Milan. For an unpublished autograph letter by Verdi to Obin, see the sale in our rooms on 15 May 1995, lot 292.