Carlo Goldoni


Librettist

(1707-1793)
Carlo Goldoni was an Italian writer of comedies and librettos. The Venice-born Goldoni's oeuvre includes some of Italy's most famous and best beloved dramatic works. Even in his own time, the audience marvelled at his wit and honesty. He studied law and then starting in 173 worked as a lawyer in a succession of cities: Venice, Milan, Genoa and Pisa. In 1747, he settled on the literary life and joined a Venetian theatre company. Later finding himself the target of public attacks, he decided in 1762 to travel to Paris, becoming the head of the Theatre Italien there and remaining in the city until his death. He wrote more than 120 dramatic works altogether, with his best-known work today being Il servitore di due padroni, which has been reworked in countless forms.