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Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707. He was first a lawyer, then a diplomat in Milan and finally he decided to dedicate himself to theater. From 1762, he was the Director of the Italian Theatre in Paris; he wrote a over 150 comedies in several different languages (Venetian, Italian and French).

Below is a list of his most important comedies:

  • La vedova scaltra;
  • La bottega del caffè;
  • Le smanie per la villeggiatura;
  • La locandiera
  • Il servitore di due padroni;
  • La famiglia dell'antiquario; 
  • Il burbero benefico;
  • I rusteghi;
  • La casa nova;
  • Il campiello;
  • Le baruffe chiazzate;
  • Il Ventaglio;
  • La serva amorosa;
  • Memories (in French)

Goldoni is considered to be one of the greatest Italian playwrights. His personal idea of the "Commedia dell'Arte" was revolutionary in several ways. According to Goldoni, theater had to reveal real life by representing comical and mocking scenes and bright and double entendre dialogues.

Nobles, common people and beggars are represented in the Venice of the XVIII° century. Throughout his comedies, Goldoni showed an intense and keen criticism of the morality of that time. He died in Paris in 1793.


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