Lorenzo Da Ponte

Lorenzo Da Ponte : The Extraordinary Adventures of the Man Behind Mozart

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By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime operas - "The Marriage of Figaro", "Cosi fan tutte" and "Don Giovanni". After losing all his money and the woman he loved he started afresh in New York, and by the end of his life he had founded its first opera house and become a university professor. "Lorenzo Da Ponte" is a fascinating and entertaining biography of a larger-than-life character, and a vibrant portrait of four cities and four changing eras of history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747585369
  • 9780747585367
  • 474,352

About Rodney Bolt

Rodney Bolt's first book, History Play, a speculative biography of Christopher Marlowe, was published in summer 2004 by HarperCollins. He has worked as a writer and director and won travel-writing prizes in Germany and the United States.show more

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'An adventure story pure and simple ... crammed with amorous intrigues, narrow escapes, comic mishaps and last-minute rescues' Jonathan Keates, Sunday Telegraph 'Irresistible reading' Megan Marshall, Scotsman 'Bolt has meticulously followed [Da Ponte's] trail ... to create a wide counterpoint of supplementary information and new perspectives. He does so with a travel-writer's eye and a light touch ...The old poet would have enjoyed his biographer's sparkly turn of phrase' Independent 'Bolt has read widely, extracted wisely ... is generous with background detail and scrupulous with the facts ... an entertaining, informative and highly readable narrative' Guardianshow more

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