Saturday 2 December, at 6.30pm, at the Ridotto of the Municipal Theater of Piacenza, the journalist and author Giangiacomo Schiavi presents the book “The rebel genius. Luigi Illica a Bohème life" in dialogue with Mariateresa Dellaborra, musicologist and professor of music history at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Milan.
The volume dedicated to the famous poet, librettist and playwright born in Castell'Arquato, in the province of Piacenza, in 1857, on an initiative of the Culture Department of the Municipality of Castell'Arquato in the person of Gilda Bojardi is published by theDonatella Ronconi and Enrica Prati Foundation – EditorialeLibertà.
The meeting, with free admission, closes the LibrinScena exhibition, promoted by the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza.
The meeting will be introduced by Cristina Ferrari, Director of the Piacenza Theater Foundation. Following are greetings from:
Donatella Ronconi, President of the Donatella Ronconi Foundation and Enrica Prati
Giuseppe Bersani, Mayor of the Municipality of Castell'Arquato
Gilda Bojardi, Councilor for Culture and Tourism of Castell'Arquato.
The "life of Bohème" of the great Arquato rebel librettist, Garibaldino, radical journalist, who gave prominent roles to women in his works is the founding content of the book. Illica, an irresistible protagonist of the Milan of the end of the nineteenth century, between scapigliatura, newspapers and theatres. Together with Giacosa, the librettos of Puccini's most famous operas were created: Manon Lescaut, Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly.
The volume, finished printing in June 2023, was previewed in Castell'Arquato at the Gardens of Palazzo Vigevani Gravaghi on Saturday 8 July 2023 on the occasion of theX Illica Festivaland the XXXIII edition of the International Luigi Illica Award.
Giangiacomo Schiavi, editorialist for Corriere della Sera, reconstructs the destiny of an artist who revolutionized the theatrical and musical language of an era and collects the results of the research conducted in collaboration with the students of the IULM University of Milan at the Corriere della Sera Archives, the Archiginnasio Library of Bologna, the Passerini Landi Library of Piacenza, the Ricordi Historical Archive, the Civica Raccolta delle Stampe Bertarelli, the Sormani Library, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Illica Museum in Castell'Arquato.
The event at the Ridotto of the Municipal Theater adds to a series of presentations which saw "The rebel genius" as the protagonist:
- Monday 18 September 2023 at the Franco Parenti Theater in Milan, introduction by Andrée Ruth Schammah, director Daniele on stage > Abbado, with two theater actors and Giangiacomo Schiavi
- Thursday 28 September lecture by Giangiacomo Schiavi to a delegation of Corriere della Sera readers at the Accademia di Brera with the Director James Bradbourne
- Sunday 26 November the book will be the protagonist in the episode of the television program "Scritto, Letto, Detto" on Rai Storia with an interview with Giangiacomo Schiavi edited by Giovanni Paolo Fountain.
Interweaving the biography, nature and career of Luigi Illica, the volume traces the journalistic activity of the librettist from Castell'Arquato, from his beginnings in the Milan of 1879 until he landed at Corriere della Sera, then directed by Eugenio Torelli Viollier.
After his experience in the newspaper, Illica moved to Bologna in 1881 to found the newspaper Don Chisciotte with Luigi Lodi and the lawyer Barbani Brodani, which Giosuè Carduccithe spearhead as editor-in-chief.
A story of yesterday that helps to reflect on today's journalism and on the sensitivity of the Arquato native to social issues, which will resume with his return to Milan in 1882 when he agrees to work with Paolo Valera and other journalists in investigation entitled “The belly of Milan”, an indictment against progress that forgets humanity.
Subsequently the artistic couple Illica-Giacosa produced the librettos of Bohème, Tosca, Butterfly and the collaboration on La Lettura, a cultural insert of the Corriere della Sera founded in 1901 at the behest of the director Luigi< /strong> Albertini, and directed by Giacosa from 1901 to 1906, the year of his death.
The publication published by Fondazione Donatella Ronconi and Enrica Prati, with introductory texts Massimo Baucia, Gianni Canova and Carlo Fontana, analyzes in detail for the first time and testifies to Illica's extraordinary talent: an example of this is the correspondence with Puccini >, an unpublished exchange of letters found in the Ricordi archive, with the musician Tebaldini and with Toscanini's wife, to whom an emotional letter is addressed on the fate of the " artist".