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The Short Version: Plan B for Berlioz

Posted at 3:45 PM on February 11, 2011 by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version

The Renaissance goldsmith and adventurer Benvenuto Cellini may have been the godfather of self-promotion and celebrity culture. His famous autobiography gilded his exploits and shocked with its frankness.

French composer Hector Berlioz thought Cellini's life would make a blockbuster opera. When audiences yawned, Berlioz regrouped, and refashioned themes from the Cellini opera into one of his most popular works.