Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Print Material
Author Bolt, Rodney.

Title 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.

Imprint New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection Clugston  782.1 D239Bb 2006    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xvii, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-411) and index.
Contents Venice: An Abbé Errant -- Vienna: That True Phoenix -- London: Pigmies on Parnassus -- America: Mozart's Grocer.
Summary "Born into an Italian Jewish family in 1749, Lorenzo Da Ponte would go on to become a Catholic, priest, a poet, a passionate lover of many women, a scandalous Enlightenment thinker banned from teaching in Venice, the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime and controversial operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a friend of Casanova, and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II. He lived through the era of the Revolutionary War, the French Revolution, and the conquests and defeat of Napoleon though he himself was no revolutionary, delighting in the company of the upper classes right up to the point where their intrigues turned against him. After reaching the heights of artistic success and the depths of financial ruin in some of Europe's greatest cities, he emigrated in 1805 to America, where he survived stints as a grocer and bookstore proprietor to help establish New York City's first opera house and to become, at age seventy six, the first professor of Italian at Columbia University. Brilliantly written and meticulously researched, The Librettist of Venice is a vivid account of Da Ponte's passionate, picaresque life. Rodney Bolt takes readers from Old World courts and the back streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to a New World full of promise, on the trail of a man who seemed to rise phoenixlike from each new defeat. Two hundred and fifty years after Mozart's birth, the life and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte remain as astonishing as ever"--Jacket.
Subject Da Ponte, Lorenzo, 1749-1838.
Casanova, Giacomo, 1725-1798 -- Friends and associates.
Casanova, Giacomo, 1725-1798. (OCoLC)fst00058340
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, 1749-1838. (OCoLC)fst00054745
Librettists -- Biography.
Impresarios -- Biography.
Friendship. (OCoLC)fst00935174
Impresarios. (OCoLC)fst00968246
Librettists. (OCoLC)fst00998023
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 1596911182
Standard No. 9781596911185

Available items only