It is with great pleasure and pride that I congratulate the Florentine opera and soundmirror on this beautiful recording. It is the culmination of all the hard work and love that many people poured into making this opera a success. From its very beginning, Prince of Players has been a joy for me. back in 2011, I was flipping through tv channels and stopped on an interesting movie called Stage Beauty, based on Jeffery Hatcher’s play “the compleat Female stage beauty” and directed by sir Richard Eyre. The operatic potential struck me immediately. opera deals with crisis, and this was an enormous crisis in a young man’s life. I felt there was something combustible in the story, and that’s the basis of a good libretto.