Sommo, Judah Leone ben-Isaac

   Italian dramatist. Sommo staged plays which were presented at the court of the Gonzago duke in Mantua. He was a prolific writer in Italian and Hebrew; his best works are his ‘Dialogues on the Art of the Stage’ (Italian, 1565), and a comedy written in Hebrew, composed in Renaissance style but based on a Jewish legend. This is the earliest stage drama in Hebrew which is still extant. He built a synagogue in Mantua in 1585 on his own land.

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  • SOMMO, JUDAH LEONE BEN ISAAC — (also known as Leone De Sommi Portaleone, Leone di Somi, Leone Ebreo de Somi, Leone de Sommo Portaleone, Yehuda Sommo; 1527–1592), dramatist, theater director, and poet in Hebrew and Italian. An outstanding contributor to the development of the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Sommo, Judah Leone ben Isaac — ▪ Italian writer also called  Leone De Sommi Portaleone,  original name  Yehuda Sommo  born 1527, Mantua [Italy] died 1592, Mantua       Italian author whose writings are a primary source of information about 16th century theatrical production in …   Universalium

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  • PIYYUT — (Heb. פִּיּוּט; plural: piyyutim; from the Greek ποιητής), a lyrical composition intended to embellish an obligatory prayer or any other religious ceremony, communal or private. In a wider sense, piyyut is the totality of compositions composed in …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • PORTALEONE — PORTALEONE, family in N. Italy which originated in the Portaleone quarter of Rome; the sommo (or Sommi) family also belonged to it. From the last half of the 14th century the family produced rabbis, physicians, authors, and poets. Among the first …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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