The critical edition of Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena , realized by Paolo Fabbri, takes its cue from the manuscript (housed in the Ricordi Archives, the libretto for the premiere, printed editions of voice and piano parts from the period, and additional scores handwritten by Donizetti. Besides doing away with cumbersome instrumentation, and uncovering the original articulations and dynamics, instrumentational and even melody-harmony solutions, here we see for the first time all of Donizetti’s music, and in particular those sections crossed out or replaced either immediately before or after the first performances. There is also a detailed reconstruction of the birth of Anna Bolena, with a description of sources and critical comment.
Gaetano Donizetti Anna Bolena
Lyrical tragedy in two acts by Felice Romani
Casa Ricordi (Milan) with the collaboration of Fondazione Donizetti, Bergamo
NR 140357 – Two-volume set: fullscore + critical commentary
Portrait: © Kriehuber