"the opera had at its centre Lord Byron and his mistress Contessa Guiccioli"


Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli
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When Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli, first met Byron in 1818, the nineteen year old had only recently married a man forty years her senior. Nevertheless, in little more than year she was established as his mistress and, during his time in Ravenna, Byron even spent some time living with her and the Count. 


During his relationship with her, Byron wrote some if his most famous poetry, including the part of Don Juan. After Byron's death she wrote an account of Byron, Byron's Life in Italy