Medici, I (‘The Medici’)
- Michele Girardi
Azione storica in four acts by Ruggero Leoncavallo to his own libretto; Milan, Teatro Dal Verme, 9 November 1893.
The opera covers the events between 1471, the year in which Sixtus IV was elected pope, and 1478, when Lorenzo de’ Medici (baritone) became Signore of Florence, having escaped assassination in the Pazzi conspiracy. Giuliano de’ Medici (tenor) falls in love with Simonetta Cattanei (lyric soprano), who learns about the conspiracy and tries to warn Giuliano but is fatally wounded by Montesecco (bass), a murderer hired by the pope. The next day Giuliano is killed in S Reparata, but Lorenzo, with the help of the poet Poliziano (baritone), manages to escape and wins the support of the crowd, who lynch the conspirators....