Felice Romani

Felice Romani



Felice Romani was an Italian poet and scholar of literature and mythology who wrote many libretti for the opera composers Donizetti and Bellini. Romani was considered the finest Italian librettist between Metastasio and Boito.

Born Giuseppe Felice Romani to a bourgeois family in Genoa, he studied law and literature in Pisa and Genoa. At the University of Genoa he translated French literature and, with a colleague, prepared a six-volume dictionary of mythology and antiquities, including the history of the Celts in Italy. Romani's expertise in French and antiquity is reflected in the libretti he wrote; the majority are based on French literature and many, such as Norma, use mythological sources.

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Shows by Felice Romani


In 16th century England, King Enrico VIII has fallen in love with his queen, Anna's, lady-in-waiting, Giovanna Seymour. In order to put the queen in a compromising situation and to allow for his marriage to Giovanna, Enrico r... read more

In order to gain the title of Duke of Milan, Filippo has married the former Duke's wife, Beatrice. Filippo is distraught, however, because he is really in love with Agnese. Agnese, meanwhile, is in love with the Lord of Ven... read more

The story of this opera is taken from the source of Matteo Bandello instead of the Shakespearean text. In this version of the ill-fated lovers tale, the Capulet and Montague families are members of opposing political factions... read more

L’elisir d’amore follows Adina, the beautiful but fickle landowner, and Nemorino, the clumsy but lovable young man, through the ups and downs of their love story. Nemorino is madly in love with Adina, but Adina holds him at a... read more

Set in Gaul, at the time of the Roman occupation, Norma is the story of a virgin druid priestess who falls in love with a Roman, leading her to break her vows and betray her faith. Although they have two sons together and Nor... read more


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Drama, Comedy, Farce, Romance, Historical/Biographical, Tragedy