Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Gozzi, Carlo

(1720-1806) Italian dramatist, author of numerous "fiable", plays which married fantasy and the Commedia dell'Arte. The most famous (though the least fantastical) of these is Turandot (1765) (> Opera). He was subject of a study by Vernon Lee, "Carlo Gozzi and the Venetian Fairy Comedy". His Fiable dell' amore delle tre melarance (1761) was adapted by Sergei Prokoviev (1891-1953) as the opera whose title is generally rendered in English as The Love for Three Oranges (produced 1921), and his Il re cervo ["King Stag"] (1762) was made into the opera König Hirsh (produced 1956) by Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012). [JC]

Carlo Gozzi


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