Piazza IV Novembre, 2
The clergy house of the Church of San Giovanni Battista and Sant’Andrea Apostolo in Bagnara di Romagna now hosts a museum dedicated to the musician and composer Pietro Mascagni (Livorno 1863 – Rome 1945), author of renowned operas such as Cavalleria Rusticana, L’amico Fritz, and Iris, but also a well-respected orchestra conductor and composer of film scores.
Although Mascagni was Tuscan, the existence of a museum dedicated to him in Emilia-Romagna is easy to explain: Romagna was the native region of the choir and solo singer Anna Lolli (Bagnara di Romagna 1888-1972), whose passionate romantic relationship with Mascagni lasted almost thirty-five years: from 1910, when they met for the first time in Rome, until the maestro’s death.
Anna Lolli was Mascagni’s muse and confidant, a loving and discreet presence in addition to his official family. Upon her death, she donated to her hometown parish a major collection of documents and mementos related to Mascagni: over 4,600 letters, numerous photographs, portraits, and drawings, personal objects that belonged to the composer, one of his pianos, his death mask, scores, publications, and clippings from period newspapers.