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  • Julian Budden


Dramma lirico in three acts by giacomo Puccini to a libretto by giuseppe Adami and renato Simoni after carlo Gozzi ’s dramatic fairy-tale; Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 25 April 1926.

The notion of basing an opera on Gozzi’s most celebrated fiaba (fairy-tale) – one that should ‘modernize and bring human warmth to the old cardboard figures’ – arose during a meeting in Milan between Puccini, Adami and Simoni in winter ...

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