Luigi Illica

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Luigi Illica
Luigi Illica as the librettist for La Bohème

Luigi Illica (born May 9, 1857 in Castell'Arquato near Piacenza , † December 16, 1919 in Colombarone near Pesaro ) was an Italian librettist who, usually together with Giuseppe Giacosa , for Giacomo Puccini , Alfredo Catalani , Umberto Giordano ( Siberia ) , Pietro Mascagni , Alberto Franchetti and other important Italian composers. His most famous opera libretti are those of La Bohème , Tosca , Madama Butterfly and Andrea Chénier .

Illica's personal life sometimes mimicked his libretti. Since he lost his right ear in a duel over a woman, he was usually photographed wearing a hat that he wore slightly on the side of his head.

On the advertising posters of the silent films based on his stories, his name was always emblazoned in large letters, as the organizers could not guarantee the use of the music, but the stories.


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