B1777. William Weaver. The Golden Century of Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini. New York, Thames & Hudson, 1988. 256pp. Index; Brief Chronology; Photos; Illus.; (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 0-500-27501-7
“William Weaver, whose translations of works by modern masters like Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco and Primo Levi helped lift Italian literature to prominence among readers of English, was a Virginian who first went to Italy during World War II, Mr. Weaver lived there for much of his adult life — mostly in a farmhouse in Tuscany — and over the years became a pre-eminent translator of modern Italian literature into English. His work embraced the highest echelons of modern Italian fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose and opera librettos, translating relatively obscure works.
In Naples and then Rome, he fell in with a society of writers and artists and, in addition to writing himself, took up the study of opera. When a friend asked him to translate his novel, Mr. Weaver discovered his calling. Mr. Weaver wrote often about opera, translating librettos by Verdi and writing, among other books, a history, THE GOLDEN CENTURY OF ITALIAN OPERA FROM ROSSINI TO PUCCINI, and a biography of Eleonora Duse, the great Italian actress of the 19th and early 20th century. He wrote frequently about Italy in THE NEW YORK TIMES, and was a guest commentator on radio broadcasts by the Metropolitan Opera.”
- Bruce Weber, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 Nov., 2013