This volume is the first to collect and reprint 19th- century French staging manuals a fascinating and truly remarkable documentary resource. The transcriptions of the first Parisian productions of the operas listed below reveal how they were originally staged frequently under the direction of the composer and how the works were intended to be performed. This collection will be of great interest to stage directors singers conductors music and theater historians and informed opera lovers.
H. Robert Cohen
Center for Studies in 19C Music: