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Ottavio Rinuccini (20 January 1562 – 28 March 1621) was an Italian poet, courtier, and opera
librettist A libretto (Italian for "booklet") is the text used in, or intended for, an extended musical work such as an opera Opera is a form of theatre Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, u ...
at the end of the
Renaissance The Renaissance ( , ) , from , with the same meanings. is a period Period may refer to: Common uses * Era, a length or span of time * Full stop (or period), a punctuation mark Arts, entertainment, and media * Period (music), a concept in ...
and beginning of the
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eras. In collaborating with
Jacopo Peri Jacopo Peri (20 August 156112 August 1633), known under the pseudonym Il Zazzerino, was an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance The Renaissance ( , ) , from , with the same meanings. is a period ...

Jacopo Peri
to produce the first opera, ''
Dafne ''Dafne'' is the earliest known work that, by modern standards, could be considered an opera. The libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini survives complete; the mostly-lost music was completed by Jacopo Peri, but at least two of the six surviving fragment ...
'', in 1597, he became the first opera librettist. He was born and died at
Florence Florence ( ; it, Firenze ) is a city in Central-Northern Italy Italy ( it, Italia ), officially the Italian Republic ( it, Repubblica Italiana, links=no ), is a country consisting of Italian Peninsula, a peninsula delimited by the Al ...

Florence
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Works

Rinuccini wrote texts for some of the
intermedi for the third intermedio from the 1589 Medici wedding: Apollo defeats the monster terrorizing Delos. there will be no more souls to torment. The intermedio (also intromessa, introdutto, tramessa, tramezzo, intermezzo, intermedii), in the Italian ...
at the performance of ''La pellegrina'' at the wedding of
Ferdinand I de' Medici Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (30 July 1549 – 3 February 1609) was Grand Duke of Tuscany The rulers of Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Tuscany varied over time, sometimes being margraves, the rulers of handfuls of border counties and ...
and Christine de Lorraine in May 1589. Other works include: * Libretto for
Jacopo Peri Jacopo Peri (20 August 156112 August 1633), known under the pseudonym Il Zazzerino, was an Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance The Renaissance ( , ) , from , with the same meanings. is a period ...

Jacopo Peri
's opera ''
Dafne ''Dafne'' is the earliest known work that, by modern standards, could be considered an opera. The libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini survives complete; the mostly-lost music was completed by Jacopo Peri, but at least two of the six surviving fragment ...
'', first performed early in 1598. * The
pastorale Pastorale refers to something of a pastoral A pastoral lifestyle is that of shepherds herd A herd is a social group of certain animals of the same species, either wildness, wild or Domestication, domestic. The form of collective anim ...
, ''Euridice'', used as the libretto for Peri's opera, ''
Euridice__NOTOC__ In Greek mythology, Eurydice or Eurydike (; grc-gre, Εὐρυδίκη, 'wide justice') was the wife of Orpheus, who tried to bring her back from the dead with his enchanting music. Mythology Marriage to Orpheus, death and afterlife ...
'', and
Giulio Caccini Giulio Romolo Caccini (also Giulio Romano) (8 October 1551 – buried 10 December 1618) was an Italian composer, teacher, singer, instrumentalist and writer of the late Renaissance music, Renaissance and early Baroque music, Baroque eras. He was ...
's opera of the same name. * Libretto for
Claudio Monteverdi Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (baptized 15 May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer A composer (Latin wikt:compono, ''compōnō''; literally "one who puts together") is a person who writes musical composition, music, esp ...

Claudio Monteverdi
's ''
L'Arianna ' ( SV 291, ''Ariadne'') is the lost Lost may refer to getting lost Getting lost is the occurrence of a person or animal losing spatial reference. This situation consists of two elements: the feeling of disorientation and a spatial component. Wh ...
'', first performed in 1608. * Libretto for
Claudio Monteverdi Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (baptized 15 May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer A composer (Latin wikt:compono, ''compōnō''; literally "one who puts together") is a person who writes musical composition, music, esp ...

Claudio Monteverdi
's ''
Il ballo delle ingrate ''Il ballo delle ingrate'' (''The Ballet of the Female Ingrates'') is a semi-dramatic ballet Ballet () is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert ...
'', first performed in 1608. * Libretto for Claudio Monteverdi's ''Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti''. *
Filippo Bonaffino Filippo Bonaffino ( fl. 1623) was an Italian composer. Life and career Filippo Bonaffino is thought to have been born in Messina Messina (, also , ; scn, Missina ; lat, Messana; grc, Μεσσήνη, Messḗnē) is the capital of the Italian M ...
set some of his poetry to music in book of madrigals in 1623.


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* 1562 births 1621 deaths Writers from Florence Italian poets Italian male poets Italian opera librettists Italian male dramatists and playwrights {{Italy-poet-stub