Piave, Francesco Maria

BORN 18 May 1810, Murano, Veneto (now: part of Venice) - DIED 5 Mar 1876, Milano, Lombardia
GRAVE LOCATION Milano, Lombardia: Cimitero Monumentale, Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale (Famedio)

Francesco Maria Piave was born on Murano into a wealthy family that was connected to the glass industry. From 1808 his father was mayor of Murano during the Napoleontic era and he held this position until 1816.

Piavi studied in Venice and in Rome, where he met and befriended the scholar Jacopo Ferretti and the poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli. After his father died in 1838 he returned to Venice. He worked as a translator and as a journalist before he was employed at La Fenice in Venice as resident poet and stage manager. There he first met Verdi and through him he obtained the same position at La Scala in Milan in 1859. He collaborated with Verdi from 1844 to 1862. In 1855 he married the opera singer Elisa Gasparini (1825-1906). Their daughter Adelina Piave was also a singer.

Piave was often bullied by Verdi and frequently his work was revised by others. Still he remained devoted to Verdi and they remained close friends. Piave would have written the libretto for Aida in 1870 if he hadn't suffered a stroke in 1867 that left him unable to move and to speak. After he died in 1876 Verdi paid for his funeral at the Cimitero Monumentale in Milan. Later his remains were transferred to the Crypt of the Famedio at that cemetery.

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The graves of Francesco Maria Piave, Antionio Tantardini and Angelo Filipetti at the Cimitero Monumentale, Milano.
Picture by Androom (21 Feb 2019)


Francesco Maria Piave - Wikipedia

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Published: 14 Mar 2021
Last update: 14 Mar 2021