Taming two Spanish women: reflections on editing opera

Smith, R. L. (2007) Taming two Spanish women: reflections on editing opera. In: Berlioz and Debussy: Sources, Contexts and Legacies: Essays in Honour of François Lesure. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey. ISBN 9780754653929 (hardback) 9781138262980 (paperback) 9781315096469 (e-book)


When François Lesure first entrusted me with the task of reviving Debussy’s unfinished opera Rodrigue et Chimène I had no idea what a profound effect this would have on my musicological activities. This article is in recognition of Lesure’s faith in my ability to restore Rodrigue, not so much to chart the processes of revival, but more to establish editorial principles with regard to two disparate operas on Spanish themes—the other being Bizet’s Carmen.

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