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The librettist of Venice

the remarkable life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's poet, Casanova's friend, and Italian opera's impresario in America

1st U.S. ed.
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This edition published in by Bloomsbury Pub., Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck in New York, NY.

Written in English

428 pages

"Born into an Italian Jewish family in 1749, Lorenzo Da Ponte would go on to become a Catholic, a priest, a poet, a passionate lover of many women, a scandalous Enlightenment thinker banned from teaching in Venice, the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime - and controversial - operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a friend of Casanova, and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II. He lived through the era of the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and the conquests and defeat of Napoleon - though he himself was no revolutionary, delighting in the company of the upper classes right up to the point where their intrigues turned against him. After reaching the heights of artistic success and the depths of financial ruin in some of Europe's greatest cities, he emigrated in 1805 to America, where he survived stints as a grocer and bookstore proprietor to help establish New York City's first opera house and to become, at age seventy-six, the first professor of Italian at Columbia University." "The Librettist of Venice is a vivid account of Da Ponte's passionate, picaresque life. Rodney Bolt takes readers from Old World courts and the back streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to a New World full of promise, on the trail of a man who seemed to rise phoenixlike from each new defeat. Two hundred and fifty years after Mozart's birth, the life and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte remain as astonishing as ever."--BOOK JACKET

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"Born into an Italian Jewish family in 1749, Lorenzo Da Ponte would go on to become a Catholic, a priest, a poet, a passionate lover of many women, a scandalous Enlightenment thinker banned from teaching in Venice, the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime - and controversial - operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a friend of Casanova, and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II. He lived through the era of the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and the conquests and defeat of Napoleon - though he himself was no revolutionary, delighting in the company of the upper classes right up to the point where their intrigues turned against him. After reaching the heights of artistic success and the depths of financial ruin in some of Europe's greatest cities, he emigrated in 1805 to America, where he survived stints as a grocer and bookstore proprietor to help establish New York City's first opera house and to become, at age seventy-six, the first professor of Italian at Columbia University." "The Librettist of Venice is a vivid account of Da Ponte's passionate, picaresque life. Rodney Bolt takes readers from Old World courts and the back streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to a New World full of promise, on the trail of a man who seemed to rise phoenixlike from each new defeat. Two hundred and fifty years after Mozart's birth, the life and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte remain as astonishing as ever."--BOOK JACKET

The librettist of Venice

the remarkable life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's poet, Casanova's friend, and Italian opera's impresario in America

1st U.S. ed.

This edition published in by Bloomsbury Pub., Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck in New York, NY.


Edition Description

"Born into an Italian Jewish family in 1749, Lorenzo Da Ponte would go on to become a Catholic, a priest, a poet, a passionate lover of many women, a scandalous Enlightenment thinker banned from teaching in Venice, the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime - and controversial - operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a friend of Casanova, and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II. He lived through the era of the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and the conquests and defeat of Napoleon - though he himself was no revolutionary, delighting in the company of the upper classes right up to the point where their intrigues turned against him. After reaching the heights of artistic success and the depths of financial ruin in some of Europe's greatest cities, he emigrated in 1805 to America, where he survived stints as a grocer and bookstore proprietor to help establish New York City's first opera house and to become, at age seventy-six, the first professor of Italian at Columbia University." "The Librettist of Venice is a vivid account of Da Ponte's passionate, picaresque life. Rodney Bolt takes readers from Old World courts and the back streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to a New World full of promise, on the trail of a man who seemed to rise phoenixlike from each new defeat. Two hundred and fifty years after Mozart's birth, the life and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte remain as astonishing as ever."--BOOK JACKET

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-411) and index.

Genre
Biography.

Classifications

Library of Congress
ML423.D15 B65 2006

The Physical Object

Pagination
xvii, 428 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of pages
428

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL15619621M
Internet Archive
librettistofveni00bolt
ISBN 10
1596911182
ISBN 13
9781596911185
LC Control Number
2006005713
OCLC/WorldCat
64098560
Library Thing
1297645
Goodreads
690459

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