By Sheila Hodges
Three of the best operas ever written—The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte—join the beautiful tune of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the peerlessly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte’s personal lengthy lifestyles (1749–1838), despite the fact that, used to be extra tremendous than any opera plot. A terrible Jew who grew to become a Catholic priest; a clergyman who turned a tender gambler and rake; a instructor, poet, and librettist of genius who grew to become a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to the US who grew to become professor of Italian at Columbia University—wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a brand new and eventful existence. Sheila Hodges follows him from the final glittering years of the Venetian Republic to the Vienna of Mozart and Salieri, and from George III’s London to long island City.
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