- I knew he moved to the United States. Some of his family moved to New Orleans and I had a student in Moore Ok that was his great great grandson. In hisMessage 1 of 3 , Jul 22, 2009View SourceI knew he moved to the United States. Some of his family moved to New Orleans and I had a student in Moore Ok that was his great great grandson. In his memoirs, he recounts a meeting with Napoleon, who marched through his town during his conquests in Europe. He alos knew Casanova personally.I would highly recommend this book.Shawn Elmore
--- On Tue, 7/21/09, Paul Chapin <pgchapin@...> wrote:
From: Paul Chapin <pgchapin@...>
Subject: [pepysdiary] Re: help, please, to access information in emailed diary entries
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 1:41 PM
To Charles/Shawn Elmore –
Lorenzo Da Ponte was an interesting man indeed. He was actually a man of the 18th and 19th centuries, not the 17th (1749-1838). He wrote the librettos for 28 operas, including three of Mozart’s greatest: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte. He also wrote a libretto for Gluck, and five for Salieri, Mozart’s supposed rival. In the early 1800s, having lost his patronage in Europe, he move to the young United States, and was a grocer in Philadelphia, a bookstore owner in New York City, a professor of Italian at Columbia, and an opera impresario. He is buried in Brooklyn, New York. Wikipedia has more at http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Lorenzo_Da_ Ponte.
I haven’t read his memoirs, but I expect they would be fascinating.