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Law and Opera pp 135-157 | Cite as

Criminal Law in Giacomo Puccini Operatic Production: The Crimes Against Persons in Tosca

  • Pietro GandettoEmail author
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Abstract

The purpose of my analysis is to reconstruct, in a comparative perspective, from a musicological and legal standpoint, the main criminal cases in the works of Puccini, with particular reference to crimes against person (i.e., murder, injury, violence) in the case of Tosca.

The reasons underlying the choice of this argument mainly consist in the strong interest for the artistic production of the Maestro and also the high number of criminally material cases described in Puccini’s operatic production, which is characterized by an impressive richness of dramaturgical moments.

Analyzing the repertoire of Puccini, I will go through the librettos trying to set out the main factual and legal requirements of the crimes provided under the legal regime in force at the time of the prima representation of each opera—the so-called Codice Zanardelli (from the name of its drafter).

The adoption of this approach within the legal analysis is mainly due to the particular innovativeness of Codice Zanardelli, which was indeed a piece of legislation particularly advanced and innovative for that age and ultimately reflects the same modernity of the Maestro Puccini production.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Corporate and banking lawyerMilanItaly

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