Gaetano Donizetti – Critical Editions

Donizetti Critical Editions

The Operas of Gaetano Donizetti
Published by Casa Ricordi with the collaboration and contribution of Fondazione Donizetti, Bergamo
General editors:
Gabriele Dotto, Roger Parker

Full score with critical commentary included:
hardbound volumes, 26 x 36,5 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian and English)
Piano vocal score:
paper bound, 20 x 27 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian and English)

The musical and literary texts of many of Donizetti’s operas, as they have come down to us, pose numerous problems. These are due in part to the inevitable accumulation of layers of changes made by generation after generation of interpreters, whose tastes were ever further from the musical and dramatic aesthetics of Donizetti’s times. Changes, often made with the best of intentions, were motivated in some cases by the urge to modernize the orchestration, the phrasing or even the structure of some pieces; in other cases by the demands of local censorship or by the need to shorten the works or otherwise alter the structure for pragmatic reasons. Sometimes interpolations of extraneous material where made to accommodate the wishes of performers.

In this climate, and in the background of an ever-burgeoning “Donizetti Renaissance” in which almost all of the composer’s nearly seventy operas have been revived in the last forty years, a critical edition was badly needed. For these reasons Casa Ricordi, with the collaboration and contribution of the Comune di Bergamo, began the Donizetti Critical Edition in 1988.

The current project does not aim toward the publication of the complete operas, but rather seeks to offer a wide variety and complexity of Donizetti’s works for the theatre. Operas still in the repertory are of course included, but the series also publishes a selection of lesser-known titles that, for historical or musical reasons, are particularly significant for a better understanding of Donizetti’s career and the historical context in which he worked. While Donizetti’s critical edition has exceeded thirty years of activity, many of its scores have become the standard for performance.


Critical Editions available

Anna Bolena
Edited by Paolo Fabbri
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-LVIII, 1-442 / 443-944
NR 140357
Piano vocal score available
CP 140360

Betly
Edited by Ellen and Julia Lockart
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXII, 1-294 / 295-614
NR 139909
Piano vocal score available
CP 139911

Il campanello
Edited by Ilaria Narici
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXII, 1-318
NR 136116
Piano vocal score available
CP 136119

Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali
Edited by Roger Parker, Anders Wiklund
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXII, 1-419 / 421-669
NR 136792
Piano vocal score available
CP 136795

Deux homes et une femme (Rita)
Edited by Francesco Bellotto
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXVII, 1-340
NR 138368
Piano vocal score available
CP 138370

Dom Sebastien
Edited by Mary Ann Smart
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXVIII, 1-490 / 491-965
NR 136543
Piano vocal score available
CP 136546

La Favorite
Edited by Rebecca Harris Warrick
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-L, 1-462 / 463-903
NR 135544
Piano vocal score available
CP 135547

Les Martyrs
Edited by Flora Wilson
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XLVI, 1-496 / 497-916
NR 140672
Piano vocal score available
CP 140675

Linda di Chamounix
Edited by Gabriele Dotto
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-LVIII, 1-318 / 319-845
NR 139210
Piano vocal score available
CP 139213

Lucrezia Borgia
Edited by Roger Parker and Rosie Ward
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-LXXXIV, 1-344 / 345
NR 141613
Piano vocal score available
CP 141616

Maria di Rohan
Edited by Luca Zoppelli
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-LI, 1-362 / 363-741
NR 137533
Piano vocal score available
CP 137536

Maria Stuarda
Edited by Anders Wiklund
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXXV, 1-370 / 371-780
NR 134913
Piano vocal score available
CP 134916

Pia de’ Tolomei
Edited by Giorgio Pagannone
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XLI, 1-313 / 314-898
NR 138861
Piano vocal score available
CP 138864

Poliuto
Edited by William Ashbrook, Roger Parker
Two-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. I-XXVII, 1-397 / 399-633
NR 135658
Piano vocal score available
CP 135661


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