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- DescriptionThree great operas - The Marriage of Figaro , Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte - join the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the perfectly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte's own long life (1749-1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot. A poor Jew who became a Catholic priest; a priest who became a young gambler and rake; a teacher, poet and librettist who became a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to America who became Professor of Italian at Columbia University - wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a new and eventful life. Sheila Hodges follows him from the last glittering years of the Venetian Republic to the Vienna of Mozart and Salieri, and from George III's London to New York City.
- Author BiographySheila Hodges is a writer living in London and author of eight books, as well as articles published in Opera Quarterly, Music Review, and other journals. She was formerly in charge of the editorial department at the publishing house of Victor Gollancz, where she edited all of Daphne du Maurier's books in the last forty years of the author's life.
- Author(s)Sheila Hodges
- PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2002
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationWisconsin
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Wisconsin Press
- Content Note18 b&w photographs
- Weight390 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Foreword byH. C. Robbins Landon
- Edition StatementNew edition
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