Production book (Fr., livret de mise en scène; Ger. Regiebuch; It. disposizione scenica, messa in scena)
- Patrick O’Connor
(Fr., livret de mise en scène; Ger. Regiebuch; It. disposizione scenica, messa in scena)
A text in which the setting and action of a production of a stage work is described in detail, usually with diagrams and sometimes incorporating a complete libretto. It is usually prepared by the director in the form of a manuscript or typescript and is sometimes distributed as a booklet printed for restricted use or general sale, often by the publisher of the music.
In France, a tradition developed in the early 19th century of compiling a detailed livret de mise en scène for opéras comiques and mélodrames, to fix their staging for the benefit of provincial directors. It may have been as a result of his experiences in Paris that Verdi initiated the disposizioni sceniche that appeared with his operas from Les vêpres siciliennes (1855) onwards; eight of these are known, the first, of 38 pages, embodying a clear, rudimentary ‘traffic plan’ of the opera’s action, the last, for ...