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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 - Rodney Bolt
    Call Number: ML423 .L15 B65 2006
    ISBN: 9781596911185
    Publication Date: 2006-07-11
    The operatic life of the librettist for "Don Giovanni" and "The Marriage of Figaro."

    In 1805, Lorenzo Da Ponte was the proprietor of a small grocery store in New York. But since his birth into an Italian Jewish family in 1749, he had already been a priest, a poet, the lover of many women, a scandalous Enlightenment thinker banned from teaching in Venice, the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime operas, a collaborator with Mozart's rival Salieri, a friend of Casanova, and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II. He would go on to establish New York City's first opera house and be the first professor of Italian at Columbia University. An inspired innovator but a hopeless businessman, who loved with wholehearted loyalty and recklessness, Da Ponte was one of the early immigrants to live out the American dream.

    In Rodney Bolt's rollicking and extensively researched biography, Da Ponte's picaresque life takes readers from Old World courts and the back streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to the New World promise of New York City. Two hundred and fifty years after Mozart's birth, the life and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte are as astonishing as ever.

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    Mozart's Operas: A Companion - Mary Hunter
    Call Number: ML410 .M9 H895 2008
    ISBN: 9780300118339
    Publication Date: 2008-12-09
    This wise and friendly guide to Mozart's operas encompasses the full range of his most popular works: "Figaro," "Don Giovanni," "Così," "Magic Flute," "Seraglio," "Clemenza di Tito," as well as lesser known works like "Mitridate" and "Il Re Pastore." Music historian Mary Hunter provides a lively introduction to each opera for any listener who has enjoyed a performance, either on the stage or in a video recording, and who wishes to understand the opera more fully.

    The Companion includes a synopsis and commentary on each work, as well as background information on the three main genres in which Mozart wrote: opera seria, opera buffa, and Singspiel. An essay on the "anatomy" of a Mozart opera points out the musical conventions with which the composer worked and suggests nontechnical ways to think about his musical choices. The book also places modern productions of the operas in historical context and explores how modern directors, producers, and conductors present Mozart's works today. Filled with factual information and interesting issues to ponder while watching a performance, this guide will appeal to newcomers and seasoned opera aficionados alike.

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