Franz von Suppé’s Boccaccio (1879) tells the story of the real-life Italian author and poet Boccaccio. In early-Renaissance Florence, the erotic novellas of Boccaccio cause a stir and the locals are divided into the female fans of his scandalous tales and their jealous husbands. A plot is hatched by the husbands to chase Boccaccio from the city and have him locked up. But Boccaccio has other plans, including one to win the hand of the Duke’s daughter Fiametta, which he finally succeeds in doing after finding favour with the Duke. Often regarded as Suppé‘s finest operetta, which he called the greatest success of my life.
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