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Francesca da Rimini(ii) (‘Francesca of Rimini’)locked

  • Renato Chiesa

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Tragic opera in four acts by riccardo Zandonai to a libretto by Tito Ricordi (ii) (seeRicordi family) from the play by gabriele D’annunzio , after Dante alighieri ’s Inferno, v:97–142; Turin, Teatro Regio, 19 February 1914.

D’Annunzio’s tragedy, written in 1901 for Eleonora Duse and defined by the poet as ‘an epic of blood and lust’, needed few basic changes to become a libretto, and to some extent he himself assisted with the adaptation. Sections that, although justifiable in the decadent atmosphere of the play, were not essential to the action and would have presented serious musical difficulties were eliminated. What remains is the essence of the story of Francesca, basically as outlined by Dante but with increased sensuality and darker, more amoral overtones....

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