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File name: 09_03_000026


Call no.: Ms.2360, group 52 Pb


Title: Desdamona


Creator/Contributor: Alfredo Edel (1856-1912), costume designer




Date created: 1887


Physical description: watercolor on card


Summary: These cards represent one set of costumes for the characters of Otello and Desdemona from Verdi’s opera Otello. These lavish costumes were designed for the premiere of Otello which took place on February 5, 1887 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. The Library’s set of designs for the opera appears to be complete. Some of the designs are unusually complete for theatrical costumes, even including props and background settings as seen in the Desdemona design. The designs are inscribed “Da[gli] fig[uri]ni di Edel Alfredo” and stamped by Luigi Zamperoni, costumier and G. Ricordi &C., music publisher. This set of costumes began a new element of collection development for the Boston Public Library and complements the Music Department’s extensive and rich manuscript and published score collection of 19th-century operas.


Location: Boston Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts Department


Rights: No known restrictions.


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