Luca Sillari was born in Genoa to a Genoese mother and a father who had moved to Genoa around the age of twenty but who was originally from the valley of Asta at the foot of Monte Cusna in the Reggio Emilia Apennines. During his childhood he spent summers in his father’s Apenninic hometown, where his family frequently attended maggio performances, a form of folk opera native to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines in existence at least as far back as the 1700s. Today he is one of the most prolific contemporary authors of the epic maggio tradition, having written ten plays on subjects drawn from various sources, from local legend to chivalric epic to historical chronicle.
Sillari moved to Reggio Emilia in 1993 in order to attend the University of Parma. After graduating in 2001 with a
Citation: Cavallo, Jo Ann. "Luca Sillari". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14294, accessed 10 December 2023.]