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A highly readable account of one of the greatest librettists of all. Da Ponte collaborated with Mozart of three of his greatest operas, but that was only a small part of a long life filled with danger, adventure and surprise. A legendary lover, he became the first professor of Italian in the USA. A wonderful account of an extraordinary life.
Whilst there's no doubting that Da Ponte 'wrote'Mozart (well, the libretti to three of his operas anyway), and that he had an extraordinary and very long life, the book was so much more dull than it should have been. Born Jewish, converting to Christianity, becoming a priest (and a dissolute one at that), exiled from Venice for his depravities, travelling around Europe, settling in London until bankruptcy forced him to flee to the US: it all sounds riveting. But somehow it fails to transcend the...
a decent historical/biography of a truly fascinating man. If you like music, mozart, history and truly odd people...you'll enjoy this one.