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Lorenzo Da Ponte
Aufbruch in die Neue Welt
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Edited by: Werner Hanak
Texts by: Karl Albrecht-Weinberger, Otto Biba, Leon Botstein, Reinhard Eisendle, Wolfgang Gasser, Miriam Grau Tanner, Werner Hanak, Wiebke Krohn, Prof. Dr. Herbert Lachmayer, Erik Levi, Wolfgang Nedobity, Giampaolo Zagonel
March 2006 , 216 Pages , 0 Ills.
294mm x 234mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1748-9
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The life and work of the Italian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838), who wrote the librettos for three of Mozart's greatest operas (The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte). This book provides the first comprehensive overview of Da Ponte's work and his eventful life spent in Venice, Vienna, London, and New York. It illuminates an exciting chapter in the history of culture, music and literature, reflecting the opposing influences of Jewish heritage and Christian society, aristocratic salons and the quest for bourgeois identity and the Old and New Worlds.
Italian opera librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) wrote history along with Mozart. However, Da Ponte himself has only been weakly illuminated by the light shone upon their composer and the duo's "co-productions," The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. This publication is the first to concentrate wholly upon Da Ponte's work and the wild history of his life, which went from Venice and Vienna to London and New York. Special attention is paid to the way his work was received, up to the "Aryanization" of both Da Ponte and Mozart during the Nazi era. The volume sheds light upon an exciting chapter of cultural, musical, and literary history between a Jewish background and Christian surroundings, aristocratic salons and bourgeois identity, and the Old and New Worlds. Lorenzo da Ponte (born in Ceneda, Italy, in 1749, died 1838 in New York), was born as Emanuele Conegliano into a Jewish family. He took on his new name when his father and the rest of the family converted to Catholicism in 1763. Ordained a priest in 1773. Taught classical literature as of 1774. After moving to Vienna in 1783, Joseph II named him the court's dramatic poet. He wrote libretti for a series of composers, including Antonio Salieri and Joseph Weigl, and became famous for his texts for three of Mozart's operas. Became an impresario at the King's Theatre in London in 1793. In 1805 he moved to New York, where he was named professor for Italian literature at Columbia College. Exhibition schedule: Jüdisches Museum Wien March 22-September 17, 2006
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