Lucrèce Borgia

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Lucrèce Borgia is a French play by Victor Hugo ()

It is often referred to as Lucrezia Borgia.

The original text

Based on the various stories about of Spanish-Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519)[1], Hugo's play consists of 15 scenes in 3 acts. It was initially called Le Festin à Ferrare ("the feast at Ferrara") and was written in July of 1832, possibly being altered slightly before the production. The play was first performed at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin on 2 February, 1833. The text was published in Paris by Eugène Renduel, 1833.

Translations and adaptations

Felice Romani based his Italian libretto for Gaetano Donizetti's melodramatic opera Lucrezia Borgia (in a prologue and two acts) on Hugo's play. The opera was first performed on 26 December 1833 at La Scala, Milan.