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Renato Simoni

Librettist

Biography

Italian writer Renato Simoni (1875–1952) collaborated with Giuseppe Adami on the libretto for Puccini’s Turandot.

Simoni was born in Verona. He worked primarily as a journalist, writing as drama critic of the Adige in Verona from 1894, for Tempo in Milan from 1899 and for Corriere della sera from 1913 to his death, which he also edited from 1903. He was editor of the review La lettura from 1906 to 1924, through which he knew Giuseppe Giacosa, who probably suggested Simoni as a partner for Adami on Turandot. His other opera credits include adapting Victorien Sardou and Emile Moreau’s play Madame Sans-Gêne for Giordano and adapting S. Ansky’s play The Dybbuk for Rocca.

Simoni’s other work includes five comedies, translations of several operettas including The Duchess of Danzig and children’s verses published under the pseudonym ‘Turno’.