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Typescripts of librettos by Ian Rankin; with related developmental notes and published programmes., 2007-2008.

Identifier: MS.50517

Scope and Contents

Typescripts of ‘Gesualdo’, an operetta with libretto by Ian Rankin and score by Craig Armstrong written as part of Scottish Opera’s Five:15 series. Folios 1-104.

Proof and typescripts of ‘Gesualdo’ by Ian Rankin. Folios 1-63.

Proof, 2008, 'Gesualdo: a chamber opera in 5 movements, music by Craig Armstrong, libretto by Ian Rankin'. Folios 1-36.

Annotated typescripts, 2008, of the libretto for ‘Gesualdo’ by Ian Rankin, three revised drafts; with annotations by Rankin and others. Folios 37-56.

Annotated typescript, 2007, of the libretto for ‘Gesualdo’ by Ian Rankin, entitled 'Tenebrae', first draft; with annotations by the author. Folios 57-63.

Research and working notes of Ian Rankin for ‘Gesualdo’. Folios 64-81.

Includes plot development, as well as research material collected by Ian Rankin on the historical figure Carlo Gesualdo, printed from the Wikipedia.

Programmes, 2008, for Scottish Opera’s Five:15 series of works featuring Ian Rankin's libretto 'Gesualdo'. Folios 82-103.

Leaflet for Five:15 opera performances. Folio 104.

Ticket to Five:15 opera performances, 29 February 2008. Folios 105-106.

Leaflet for other Five:15 opera performance, ‘Morning Ragas’ by Ustad Wajahat Khan. Folio 107.

Untitled, unfinished libretto by Ian Rankin. Folios 108-.

Rankin began developing this libretto before he decided to write ‘Gesualdo’ instead.

Annotated typescript, 2007, of an untitled, unfinished libretto by Ian Rankin, first draft; with annotations by the author. Folios 108-114.

Working notes, 2007, of Ian Rankin for his untitled, unfinished libretto. Folios 115-117.


  • Creation: 2007-2008.


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