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Lorenzo da Ponte
Lorenzo da Ponte

Lorenzo Da Ponte (March 10, 1749August 17, 1838) was an Italian librettist born in Ceneda (now Vittorio Veneto). He is most famous for having written the librettos to three Mozart operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni (he was a friend of Casanova), and Così fan tutte. Many of his works were in the genre of Opera buffa. Image File history File links Da_Ponte. ... Image File history File links Da_Ponte. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (70th in leap years). ... Events While in debtors prison, John Cleland writes Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure). ... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... | Jöns Jakob Berzelius, discoverer of protein 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... Vittorio Veneto is a city situated in Italy, in the region of Veneto, north-east of the Italian peninsula. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most significant and influential of all composers of Western classical music. ... Le nozze di Figaro ossia la folle giornata (Trans: ), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, Le mariage de Figaro (1784). ... Don Giovanni (K.527) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ... Giacomo Casanova Casanova redirects here. ... Così fan tutte is an opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Comic opera. ...


Da Ponte was a converted Jew, and trained for the priesthood and to be a teacher. However, he was unable to behave in a manner befitting a priest or teacher, and so he was banned from teaching, and later exiled from Venice. Da Ponte worked in Dresden, and later Vienna, where he worked with Antonio Salieri, as well as with Mozart. He became the court librettist for Joseph II, in which capacity he worked in many languages, including French, German, and Italian. While in Vienna he also worked with composers Vicente Martín y Soler and Antonio Salieri. Roman Catholic priests in traditional clerical clothing. ... Country Italy Region Veneto Province Venice (VE) Mayor Massimo Cacciari (since April 18, 2005) Elevation m Area 412 km² Population  - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 271,251  - Density 646/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Veneziani Dialing code 041 Postal code 30100 Frazioni Chirignago, Favaro Veneto, Mestre... Dresden (Sorbian: Drježdźany; etymologically from Old Sorbian Drežďany, meaning people of the riverside forest) is the capital city of the German Federal Free State of Saxony and situated in a valley on the River Elbe. ... Inhabitants according to official census figures: 1800 to 2005 Vienna in 1858 UN complex in Vienna, with the non-affiliated Austria Center Vienna in front - picture taken from Danube Tower in nearby Danube Park. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II Joseph II (Joseph Benedict August Johannes Anton Michel Adam) (March 13, 1741 – February 20, 1790) was Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to 1790 and ruler of the Habsburg lands from 1780 to 1790. ... Vicente Martin y Soler Vicente Martín y Soler (May 2, 1754 - January 30, 1806) was a Valencian composer of opera and ballet. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ...


Da Ponte later worked in Paris, London, and eventually moved to New York City, where he opened a grocery store, and to Philadelphia to run a grocery store and teaching Italian private lessons, then returning to NYC to run a bookstore. He became friends with Clement Clarke Moore, the supposed author of "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and through him gained an appointment as the first Professor of Italian Literature at Columbia College (now known as Columbia University). He was the first faculty member to have been born a Jew, and the first to have been ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.   City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région ÃŽle-de-France Département Paris (75) Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Mayor Bertrand Delanoë  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps image_skyline = Top_of_Rock_Cropped. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Clement Clarke Moore, (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863), is best known as the credited author of A Visit From St. ... The poem A Visit from St. ... Columbia College is the main undergraduate college at Columbia University, situated on the universitys main campus of Morningside Heights in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ...


Da Ponte's works were generally based on pre-existing plots, which was common at the time. Le nozze di Figaro, for example, was based on a Pierre Beaumarchais play, as was Axur re d’Ormus which he wrote for Salieri. The great exception was Così fan tutte, which he began with Salieri but completed with Mozart. [[Image:Beaumarchais. ... Così fan tutte is an opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ...


Works

  • Opera Librettos
    • Ifigenia in Tauride (1783, ital. translation of the French opera Iphigénie en Tauride - composer Christoph Willibald Gluck)
    • La Scuola de' gelosi (1783, New version of the 1778 Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • Il Ricco d'un giorno (1784) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • Il Burbero di buon cuore (1786, from the play by Carlo Goldoni) - composer Vicente Martín y Soler
    • Il Demogorgone ovvero Il filosofo confuso (1786) - composer Vincenzo Righini
    • Il finto cieco (1786) - composer Giuseppe Gazzaniga
    • Le nozze di Figaro (1786, from the play Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais) - composer Mozart
    • Una cosa rara ossia Bellezza ed onestà (1786, from the comedy La Luna della Sierra by Luis Vélez de Guevara) - composer Vicente Martín y Soler
    • Gli equivoci (1786) - composer Stephen Storace
    • L'arbore di Diana (1787) - composer Vincente Martín y Soler
    • Il dissoluto punito o sia Il Don Giovanni (1787, from the opera Don Giovanni Tenorio by Giuseppa Gazzaniga) - composer Mozart
    • Axur, re d'Ormus (1787/88, ital. translation of the libretto Tarare by Beaumarchais) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • Il Talismano (1788, from Carlo Goldoni) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • Il Bertoldo (1788) - composer Antonio Brunetti
    • L'Ape musicale (1789) - Pasticcio of works by various composers
    • Il Pastor fido (1789, from the pastoral by Giovanni Battista Guarini) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • La Cifra (1789) - composer Antonio Salieri
    • Così fan tutte (1789/90) - composer Mozart
    • La Caffettiera bizzarra (1790) - composer Joseph Weigl
    • La Capricciosa corretta (1795) - composer Vicente Martín y Soler
    • Antigona (1796) - composer Giuseppe Francesco Bianchi
    • Il consiglio imprudente (1796) - composer Giuseppe Francesco Bianchi
    • Merope (1797) - composer Giuseppe Francesco Bianchi
    • Cinna (1798) - composer Giuseppe Francesco Bianchi
    • Armida (1802) - composer Giuseppe Francesco Bianchi
    • La Grotta di Calipso (1803) - composer Peter von Winter
    • Il Trionfo dell'amor fraterno (1804) - composer Peter von Winter
    • Il Ratto di Proserpina (1804) - composer Peter von Winter
  • Texts for Cantatas, Oratorios, etc.
  • Writings
    • Memoirs, four volumes (New York, 1823-27, eng. trans. Elizabeth Abbott, 1957)

Gluck, detail of a portrait by Joseph Duplessis, dated 1775 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) Christoph Willibald (von) Gluck (July 2, 1714 – November 15, 1787) was a German composer. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Carlo Goldoni (February 25, 1707 - February 6, 1793) was an Italian dramatist and one of the most famous Italian writers of the period. ... Vicente Martin y Soler Vicente Martín y Soler (May 2, 1754 - January 30, 1806) was a Valencian composer of opera and ballet. ... Giuseppe Gazzaniga (October 5, 1743 - February 1, 1818) was an Italian composer. ... Le Nozze di Figaro, is a comic opera composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Beaumarchais. ... Beaumarchais Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (January 24, 1732 - May 18, 1799) was, among other accomplishments, a writer and librettist. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Vicente Martin y Soler Vicente Martín y Soler (May 2, 1754 - January 30, 1806) was a Valencian composer of opera and ballet. ... Don Giovanni (K.527) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Axur, re dOrmus (Axur, king of Ormus) is the Italian version of Antonio Salieris 1787 opera Tarare. ... Tarare is a town and commune of east-central France, in the Rhône département, on the Turdine, 28 m. ... Beaumarchais Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (January 24, 1732 - May 18, 1799) was, among other accomplishments, a writer and librettist. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Carlo Goldoni (February 25, 1707 - February 6, 1793) was an Italian dramatist and one of the most famous Italian writers of the period. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Titians The Pastoral Concert Pastoral refers to the lifestyle of shepherds and pastoralists, moving livestock around larger areas of land according to seasons and availability of water and feed. ... Giovanni Battista Guarini (December 10, 1538 – October 7, 1612) was an Italian poet and diplomat. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Così fan tutte is an opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Joseph Weigl was the name of a father-and-son pair of musicians. ... Vicente Martin y Soler Vicente Martín y Soler (May 2, 1754 - January 30, 1806) was a Valencian composer of opera and ballet. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ... Antonio Salieri Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825), born in Legnago, Italy, was a composer and conductor, as well as one of the most important and famous musicians of his time. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and highly influential composer of Classical music. ...

Reference

Tim Carter and Dorothea Link. "Lorenzo Da Ponte", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed May 23, 2006), grovemusic.com. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is an encyclopedic dictionary of music and musicians, considered by most scholars to be the best general reference source on the subject in the English language. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library (1827 words)
At the age of twenty-one, Da Ponte was made a teacher at another seminary, and at twenty-four he was ordained as a priest.
Da Ponte wrote some poems titled "Whether man is happier in an organized society or in a simple state of nature." They caused him to be denounced to the Venetian Senate, and his subsequent trial made a great sensation.
Later Da Ponte was induced to move to Pennsylvania where he tried his hand in turn as a grocer, distiller, milliner, seller of medicines and teamster, but recurring financial problems convinced him to return to New York.
Lorenzo Da Ponte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (632 words)
Da Ponte was a converted Jew, and trained for the priesthood and to be a teacher.
Da Ponte later worked in Paris, London, and eventually moved to New York City, where he opened a grocery store, and to Philadelphia to run a grocery store and teaching Italian private lessons, then returning to NYC to run a bookstore.
Da Ponte's works were generally based on pre-existing plots, which was common at the time.
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