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The Many Enigmas of Turandot



The Many Enigmas of Turandot

The Many Enigmas of Turandot
A lecture by Gabriele Dotto, Director of Scholarly Initiatives for the Archivio Storico Ricordi of Milan


The posthumous premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece ninety years ago captured the imagination of music lovers the world over. That magnificent production, conducted by Arturo Toscanini at the most iconic of opera houses, marked a triumphant close to the career of the Italy’s most popular opera composer. Yet few people at the time could have imagined they were also witnessing the closing chapter of what is now defined as the “golden century” of the Great Tradition of Italian opera.
Turandot is an opera of enigmas. Enigmas not only characterize its plot (with the puzzles the Princess demands that her suitors resolve, under pain of death; and the mystery of the Prince’s identity), but there is also the enigma of how (or perhaps even if) Puccini himself would have concluded the opera, had he lived to do so. Gorgeous images of the original set and costume designs from Milan’s Archivio Storico Ricordi will illustrate this examination of how an enduring favorite came to be conceived and completed.
Gabriele Dotto, born in Milan, studied music in the USA and Italy and taught at the Conservatory of Milan before focusing on a four-decade career in publishing and as an independent scholar. At G. Ricordi & C. of Milan (Puccini’s principal publisher), he was in charge of classical music repertory, ultimately become director of publishing. At the University of Chicago Press he initiated UCP’s catalog of books on music. He now directs the Michigan State University Press. Dotto has published widely on 19th and 20th century Italian opera, curated opera-themed exhibits in Milan, Berlin, Brussels and an upcoming exhibit in New York, is co-General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Gaetano Donizetti and General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Giacomo Puccini. Editions of operas he has prepared or supervised have been performed at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the theaters of Venice, Bologna, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona and many more, and recorded by numerous major labels. He is currently director of scholarly initiatives for the Archivio Storico Ricordi of Milan. For the Operas of Giacomo Puccini series, he will prepare the critical edition of Madama Butterfly.



Data: Mer 6 Dic 2017

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Ingresso : Libero


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