Adelaide Ristori: famous actress from a young age, destined to become the first great diva of the Italian theatre in Europe and in the Americas. Lauretta Cipriani: a passionate, brilliant and restless woman, as well as a a lover of poetry and art. Since her youth, she had been active in the political opposition, and became the partner (then the wife) of the much younger Giuseppe Montanelli, 'triumvir' of the Tuscan Temporary Government. Adelaide, engaged in incessant tours and courted by international society, was looking for a different idea of dramatic interpreter, which she considered the true core of any stage production. During Montanelli’s exile in Paris following the Restoration of the Great Duchy of Tuscany, she would request his literary skills for a text which would bear great importance for her future successes. In the appearance, Lauretta accepted subordinate and unusual roles for the love of her husband, but in reality she kept pursuing precise schemes to make him emerge in the glories of the Second Empire, and to pave the political path for their triumphant return to Italy in the future.
Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux, Italy