Personalities | Felice Romani | Early Romantic | Opera
Felice Romani was greatly admired by around 100 Italian composers who sought to enlist his instinct for operatic drama and his ability to write elegant verse. Among them were Rossini, for whom Romani wrote Il turco in Italia (‘A Turk in Italy’, 1814) and Verdi, whom he provided with the libretto for Un giorno di regno (‘King for a Day’, 1840). However, the name of Romani is most closely associated with Bellini and Donizetti. Romani supplied Donizetti with the libretti for Anna Bolena and L’elisir d’amore. For Bellini, Romani wrote the text for La sonnambula and Norma. Romani’s collaboration with Bellini began with the opera that first made the composer’s name – Il pirata – and included a third member, the tenor Rubini, who created the title role at La Scala, Milan on 27 October 1827.
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