Giacomo Puccini – Critical Editions

Puccini Critical Editions

The Operas of Giacomo Puccini
Published by Casa Ricordi
General editor:
Gabriele Dotto

Scheduled for many years and with several works already in preparation, the publication of Manon Lescaut (2014), the first volume of the series, started the long-awaited critical edition of Puccini’s operas.

Puccini’s ceaseless penchant for revision led to a quantity of simultaneously available, sometime overlapping “versions” of texts. As a further complication, “performing materials” hired out to opera houses were kept updated with corrections that did not always find their way consistently into full and vocal scores offered to the general public.

The complex nature of the rnultiple available sources requires an innovative approach to textual criticism as part of its editorial philosophy. For instance, in many cases it is not possible to establish a single source as a “primary” text for an entire opera: for certain passages in some operas, two or perhaps several musical sources could occupy positions of a “shifting status”, now primary, now secondary. Further, in keeping with the growing sophistication with which orchestral color was used in Puccini’s time as an integral part of the musical discourse – an aspect in which Puccini was an absolute master – the edition will carefully restore the shades and nuances reflected in the composer’s autograph scores which were later obfuscated in the printed scores.

With unparalleled access to the primary autograph sources and annotated secondary sources, to the publishing records, and to the contemporary documentation, the Critical Edition of the Operas of Puccini will offer the performer, the scholar, and the aficionado a range of information never before available.




Works available for Hire

The following list contains all the works currently available for hire. These works can be ordered from our partner Zinfonia. Upcoming titles are reported in the ‘In preparation’ section. For more information please contact promozione.ricordi.italy@umusic.com. Full scores or vocal scores also published for sale are listed in the next tab.


Edgar (Milan version, 4 acts)
Edited by Linda Fairtile (2008)

Manon Lescaut
Edited by Roger Parker (2014)

Tosca (Roma 1900 version)
Edited by Roger Parker (2019)

Le Villi
Edited by Martin Deasy (2020)

Le Willis
Edited by Martin Deasy (2020)


In preparation

Edgar (Lucca version, 4 acts)
Edited by Linda Fairtile (2024)

La rondine
Edited by Ditlev Rindom (2024)






Works for Sales

The following list contains all the works currently on sales and available also on subscription. Worldwide subscriptions and distribution are handled by our partner Hal Leonard Europe: for any inquiries or to subscribe to one of our critical edition series, please contact cs@halleonardeurope.it.

Full score with critical commentary included:
hardbound volumes, 24 x 34 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian)
Piano vocal score:
paper bound, 20 x 27 cm (Historical Introduction and critical commentary in Italian and English)


Manon Lescaut
Edited by Roger Parker (2014)

Le Villi
Edited by Martin Deasy (2020)

Le Willis
Edited by Martin Deasy (2020)


In preparation

Edgar (Lucca version, 4 acts)
Edited by Linda Fairtile (2024)

La rondine
Edited by Ditlev Rindom (2024)


Remaining Editoral Plan

La bohème
Edgar (version in 3 acts)
La fanciulla del West
Gianni Schicchi
Madama Butterfly (2 versions)
Suor Angelica
Il tabarro
Tosca
Turandot