Luigi Illica

150px Luigi Illica (9 May 1857 – 16 December 1919) was an Italian librettist who wrote for Giacomo Puccini (usually with Giuseppe Giacosa), Pietro Mascagni, Alfredo Catalani, Umberto Giordano, Baron Alberto Franchetti and other important Italian composers. His most famous opera libretti are those for ''La Bohème'', ''Tosca'', ''Madama Butterfly'' and ''Andrea Chénier''.

Illica was born at Castell'Arquato. His personal life sometimes imitated his libretti. The reason he is always photographed with his head slightly turned is because he lost his right ear in a duel over a woman. When silent films based on Illica's operas were made, his name appeared in large letters on advertisements because distributors could only guarantee that his stories would be used, and not that they would be accompanied by the music of the appropriate composer.

As a playwright of considerable quality, he is today remembered through one of Italy's oldest awards, the Luigi Illica International Prize founded in 1961, which goes to world famous opera singers, opera conductors, directors and authors. The Award is now awarded every two years and alternates with the Illica Opera Stage International Competition, which offers prizes and debut opportunities to young singers. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919
    Published 1900
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    by Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919
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    by Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919
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    by Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847-1906
    Published 2001
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    by Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847-1906
    Published 2001
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    by Giordano, Umberto, 1867-1948
    Published 1955
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 1987
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 1965
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 1960
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    by Giordano, Umberto, 1867-1948
    Published 1985
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    by Giordano, Umberto, 1867-1948
    Published 1958
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 2005
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 1907
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 1952
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
    Published 2000
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
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    by Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924
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