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Meeting Mozart: The Secret Diaries of Lorenzo Da Ponte
“‘A Jewish Priest?’ Why does everyone call you that behind your back?” asked Mozart…
Abbé Lorenzo Da Ponte was Mozart’s collaborator on the composer’s three greatest operas (and three of the greatest operas of all time). Da Ponte lived a life as wild, colorful and ribald as the characters in his ‘The Marriage of Figaro,’ ‘Don Giovanni,’ and ‘Cosi Fan Tutte.’ The ‘Secret Diaries’ reveal how Da Ponte worked with Mozart while struggling to hide his Jewishness and survive in an essentially hostile, anti-Semitic world.
Critical praise for presenter Howard Jay Smith’s book on the topic:
“A stunning and complex masterwork on the life of the astonishing bacchanalian renaissance-man, ultra-achiever and rapscallion, the Jewish-born Lorenzo da Ponte. Howard Jay Smith brilliantly juggles with bravura and virtuosity, Lorenzo’s remarkable mind-bending epic life that would have been the envy of Dickens, Voltaire, Homer and Tolstoy. And for the first time he brings to the forefront how Lorenzo’s deep-rooted Jewish DNA catapulted him into immortality.” – Tom Greene (Writer/Producer).
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