Libretti

Turandot libretto, 1926

Over 10.000, from the 17th to 20th centuries. There are handwritten (even autograph) drafts, typed and printed libretto editions. Most of the libretti are printed editions, in the case of some operas there are several editions, from the premiere to editions of our time, from Italy and abroad. The archive’s libretto collection documents the purchase of the various other collections, such as that of La Scala, by Giovanni Ricordi; the influence of censorship; the development of the libretto in the 20th century, and much more.

Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi, cover of the libretto, second version, 1881
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, cover of the libretto, third edition
La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, page from the handwritten libretto with autograph annotations by Luigi Illica and Giacomo Puccini
Iris by Pietro Mascagni, cover of the libretto, artwork by Adolf Hohenstein, 1898
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, cover of the libretto for the world premiere, 1900
Germania by Alberto Franchetti, cover of the libretto, artwork by Adolf Hohenstein, 1902
Pagina del libretto della prima di Otello di Giuseppe Verdi con indicate le reazioni del pubblico, Teatro alla Scala, 1887
Frontespizio del libretto di La Sonnambula di Vincenzo Bellini con annotazioni autografe di Giovanni Ricordi, Milano, Teatro Carcano, 1834
Pagina con modifiche autografe di Giuseppe Verdi per la nuova versione di Simon Boccanegra, 1881
Frontespizio del libretto per la prima ungherese di Madama Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini, traduzione di Várady Sándor, Budapest, Teatro dell'Opera, 12 maggio 1906
 
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