Librettist (1878 – 1946)
Giuseppe Adami was an Italian librettist, known for his collaboration works with Puccini for La rondine (1917), Il tabarro (1918) and Turandot (1926).
Adami also wrote several plays such as I fioi di Goldoni, Una capanna e il tuo cuore (1913), Capelli bianchi (1915), Felicita Colombo (1935) and Nonna Felicita (1936). The latter was adapted into a film in 1938 by director Mario Mattoli.
He graduated at the University of Padua in Law but dedicated his career as a writer, theatre playwright, and then music critic. After the death of Puccini, Adami published a collection of Puccini’s letters in Epistolario (1928). He also published his personal recollections, Giacomo Puccini (1935), which was one of the earliest biographies of the composer. He wrote a second biography Il romanzo della vita di Giacomo Puccini ("The life of Giacomo Puccini") in 1942.
Adami also wrote librettos for other composers including Zandonai’s La via della finestra (1919); Franco Vittadini’s Anima allegra (1921) and Nazareth (1925). He was a music critic for La sera (Milan) and for the review La comedia from 1931 to 1934. Adami acted as publicist with the house of Ricordi to the end of his life.
Librettist (1875 - 1952)
Renato Simoni was an Italian journalist, playwright, writer and theatrical critic noted for his collaboration work with Giuseppe Adami for Puccini’s Turandot.
Simoni’s career was entirely devoted to theater. His first job is as an editor and a critic at L'Adige, a local Veronese newspaper company in his hometown. In 1902, he writes one of his best comedy theaters, La Vedova, followed by Carlo Gozzi (1903), Tramondo (1906), Congedo (1910) and Il matrimonio di Casanova.
In 1914, he succeeds John Pozza as an author and critic at Corriere della Sera newspaper. He works for the company until the end of his life. He also hold a position as a director for a weekly magazine, La Tradotta.
All his writings and critics were collected in volumes by Lucio Ridenti in 1951 under the title "Trent'anni di cronaca drammatica" and was published in 1960.
In 1952, Simoni donated 40,000 volumes of his writings and reviews to the Museum of La Scala and dedicated them to his mother, Livia. The museum library was named Biblioteca Livia Simoni, after his mother’s name.
Simoni died in Milan on July 5, 1952.
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