Sem Benelli

Sem Benelli (August 10, 1877 – December 18, 1949) was an Italian playwright, essayist and librettist. He provided the texts for several noted Italian operas, including Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re and L'incantesimo, and Umberto Giordano's La cena delle beffe, based on Benelli's own play of the same title. He was a native of Prato.

The play La cena delle beffe ('The Supper of the Jests') was a great New York theatre success in 1919 under the tile The Jest, starring Lionel and John Barrymore. In Italy a great actress was the best male protagonist of La cena delle beffe: one night in 1913 the leading man collapsed before playing the character of Giannetto, than she took his place achieving resounding succes. Ever since Paola Pezzaglia (this is the name of the actress) carried on doing the same role again and again.

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Name Benelli, Sem
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Date of birth August 10, 1877
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Date of death December 18, 1949
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