By Rodney Bolt
In 1805, Lorenzo Da Ponte used to be the owner of a small supermarket in long island. yet on account that his delivery into an Italian Jewish kin in 1749, he had already been a clergyman, a poet, the sweetheart of many ladies, a scandalous Enlightenment philosopher banned from educating in Venice, the librettist for 3 of Mozart's such a lot chic operas, a collaborator with Salieri, a chum of Casanova, and a favourite of Emperor Joseph II. He could pass directly to identify big apple City's first opera residence and be the 1st professor of Italian at Columbia collage. An encouraged innovator yet a hopeless businessman, who enjoyed with wholehearted loyalty and recklessness, Da Ponte used to be one of many early immigrants to dwell out the yank dream. In Rodney Bolt's rollicking and generally researched biography, Da Ponte's picaresque existence takes readers from previous international courts and the again streets of Venice, Vienna, and London to the hot international promise of latest York urban. 2 hundred and fifty years after Mozart's beginning, the lifestyles and legacy of his librettist Da Ponte are as astounding as ever.
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Even Casanova, tucked away within the citadel at Dux, knew that – yet there will be time to dissuade the newlyweds from their direction, as they have been coming to go to him on their trip. quickly after the rite, Nancy and Lorenzo trigger of their personal calash, drawn through a unmarried horse and pushed via a boy of approximately fifteen. Da Ponte had round seven-hundred gulden to his identify. With the destiny of his pal Galliano in brain, he had instructed his new better half's father that 'satisfied with successful his daughter, [he made] no pretensions to a penny of his money'. He were given none, notwithstanding as they left, Nancy's mom pressed a handbag of gold cash into her hand. They spent their marriage ceremony evening at an lodge in Leibach (now Ljubljana), then headed on in the direction of Prague. One night, descending an Alpine cross in drizzle, as they have been jogging lower than an umbrella beside the carriage (to ease the burden at the horse), Nancy noticed armed males coming in the direction of them. She slipped her handbag of gold (worth round a hundred gulden) down front of Lorenzo's blouse. The bandits became out to be farmers, their weapons in simple terms Alpine staves. The couple have been nonetheless guffawing approximately their mistake after they reached the lodge on the foot of the mountain, purely to find that the handbag had slipped among Da Ponte's blouse and waistcoat, and fallen out directly to the line. A frantic seek through torchlight published not anything, nor had they any luck the next morning – even though the neighborhood abbot promised to notify his congregation of the loss, and to ahead the handbag to them if it was once chanced on. They driven directly to Prague, waited a number of days, but if that they had no be aware journeyed out to Dux, the place in addition to introducing his new spouse to Casanova, Da Ponte was hoping to assert an previous debt of a number of hundred gulden from his good friend. Now nearing seventy, Casanova was once lonely and pissed off at Dux, flotsam from the Age of Debauchery and experience, laughed at and taunted through the count number Waldstein's servants whilst the count number used to be away, querulously challenging of a bowl of macaroni an afternoon, bored witless through the village priest, slightly said by way of his client, and destitute. but younger Nancy used to be swept away through his tales, 'dazed through the vivacity, the eloquence … and all of the some ways of that outstanding outdated man'. For the remainder of the adventure, Da Ponte entertained her with extra stories of Casanova's existence. faraway from having the ability to pay off his debt, Casanova wheedled funds out of Da Ponte as fee at the sale of his trainer (an act he had pretty well compelled Da Ponte into within the first place). In go back Casanova gave his good friend 3 items of recommendation: to visit London rather than Paris; whilst there by no means to set foot contained in the Caffè degli italiani (the Prince of Orange coffee-house, 'famous for its purchasers, the entire worst Italian troublemakers in London'); and not to signal his identify to whatever. Now within the pain of a diligence, Nancy and Lorenzo travelled directly to Dresden, the place they have been warmly greeted by way of Mazzolà and Father Huber, yet the place Mazzolà made it transparent that he didn't want festival from one other Italian poet.