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Music: Primary Sources: Puccini, Giacomo 1858-1924

Puccini: Turandot


Puccini, Giacomo. 1926. Turandot Dramma lirico in tre atti e cinque quadri di G. Adami e R. Simoni L'Ultimo duetto e il finale dell' opera sono stati completati da F. Alfano Riduzione per canto e pianoforte di G. Zuccoli (A) Lire 60. Milano: G. Ricordi & C.

Call no. : Music 782.1 P97 t9 R8

Large octavo. Newly bound in quarter charcoal gray cloth with mottled paper boards, printed title label to spine.

First Edition of the first version.  

Turandot, to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni after Carlo Gozzi's dramatic fairy-tale, was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on April 25, 1926.

"There is no Italian opera, before Turandot, in which such an organic attempt is made to integrate music and drama... Puccini was now at the height of his powers, inventing colouristic effects which are violent and jewel-like at the same time... Unfortunately Puccini did not complete his last masterpiece, but if he had lived he would have worked to remove every incongruity, as he had done on other occasions. We are left with a splendid and exceptionally extensive ‘fragment’, produced by an artist at the peak of his creative and intellectual form." Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Michele Girardi in Grove Music 

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Modern versions available in the Music Library

Turandot : dramma lirico in tre atti e cinque quadri.

Milan : Ricordi. 1993.

Call no.: Music 782.1 P97 t9 score

Turandot : lyric drama in three acts & five scenes : English and Italian text.

Milano : Ricordi. 1991

Call no.: Music 782.1 P97 t9 R score


Further reading Turandot (The Grove Book of Operas)