Lorenzo Da Ponte: The Extraordinary Adventures of the Man Behind Mozart

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2007 - Librettists - 448 pages
By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime operas - The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte and Don Giovanni. After losing all his money and the woman he loved he started afresh in New York, and by the end of his life he had founded its first opera house and become a university professor.

Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating and entertaining biography of a larger-than-life character, and a vibrant portrait of four cities and four changing eras of history.

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

Rodney Bolt’s book is a colorful, dramatic tale though I had some quibbles with his style and focus. He shows Da Ponte as a gifted, charismatic, tenacious man though one who was prone to be touchy ... Read full review

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Lively biography of the Italian librettist of Mozart's three most famous operas emphasizes his restless desire for distinction.Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) insinuated himself into the elite cultural ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Rodney Bolt's first book, History Play, a speculative biography of Christopher Marlowe, was published in 2004 by HarperCollins. He has worked as a writer and director and won travel-writing prizes in Germany and the United States.

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