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Divas and ScholarsPerforming Italian Opera$
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Philip Gossett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226304823

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.001.0001

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The Romance of the Critical Edition

The Romance of the Critical Edition

(p.133) 5 The Romance of the Critical Edition
Divas and Scholars
University of Chicago Press

Critical editions of nineteenth-century Italian operas make available the best texts that modern scholarship, musicianship, and editorial technique can produce. A critical edition of Rigoletto is necessarily an interpretation of Verdi's Rigoletto. The difference is that a critical edition makes its substantive interventions graphically explicit and explains them in ample critical notes. Users of the score can ascertain where “Verdi's Rigoletto” ends and editorial intervention begins. A critical edition also differs from other editions in its insistence that the criteria for editorial interventions are clear and that such interventions are restricted to those that derive from Verdi's explicit indications or meet the levels of consistency and logic that reflect Verdi's notational practice. The critical editions continue to recognize the composer as the central figure in the Italian operatic landscape and seek, where possible, to reproduce his or her voice as fully and accurately as possible.

Keywords:   critical editions, Italian opera, critical notes, editorial intervention, composers, Italian operatic landscape

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