Francesco Maria Piave
Murano (Venice) 1810-Milan 1876. Began but broke off an ecclesiastical career. Studied in Rome and in 1842 became director of the performances at the Fenice in Venice, started collaboration with La Scala, of which he was the “official poet” from 1859 to 1867. Wrote 10 librettos with Giuseppe Verdi, including Rigoletto, La Traviata and La Forza del Destino.