Ottavio Rinuccini

Ottavio Rinuccini (20 January 1562 – 28 March 1621) was an Italian poet, courtier, and opera librettist at the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque eras. In collaborating with Jacopo Peri to produce the first opera, Dafne, in 1597, he became the first opera librettist.

He was born and died at Florence.


Rinuccini wrote texts for some of the intermedi at the performance of La pellegrina at the wedding of Ferdinand I de' Medici and Christine de Lorraine in May 1589.

Other works include:


  • Grout, Donald Jay; Williams, Hermine Weigel (1988). A Short History of Opera. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-06192-7.
  • Leopold, Silke (1991) [1982]. Monteverdi (Music in Transition). trans. from German by Anne Smith. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-315248-7.

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