Lorenzo Da Ponte

Lorenzo Da Ponte

The Life and Times of Mozart's Librettist

eBook - 2002
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Three of the greatest operas ever written & mdash;The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Coěs fan tutte & mdash;join the exquisite music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the perfectly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte & rsquo;s own long life (1749 & ndash;1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot. A poor Jew who became a Catholic priest; a priest who became a young gambler and rake; a teacher, poet, and librettist of genius who became a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to America who became professor of Italian at Columbia University & mdash;wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a new and eventful life. Sheila Hodges follows him from the last glittering years of the Venetian Republic to the Vienna of Mozart and Salieri, and from George III & rsquo;s London to New York City.
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, Ă2002
ISBN: 9780299178734
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 274 pages) : illustrations


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