Ciao a tutti! I wanted to let you know about an exciting event on November 9th celebrating the role of Italian culture in New York through Mozart's librettist, Casanova's friend and Columbia university's first Italian professor, Lorenzo da Ponte. I've attached information.
The opera company Divaria Productions, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Basilica of Old St Patricks Old Cathedral are collaborating on an event, entitled "Lorenzo da Ponte: A 175th Anniversary Remembrance: A Celebration of His Gifts to Old St. Patricks Cathedral and New York City". It will be a commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the death of Lorenzo Da Ponte, famous librettist of Mozart and friend of Casanova, and a celebration of his contribution to Italian culture in New York. Da Ponte used to go to mass at St. Patricks, his funeral was there in 1838 and furthermore he helped bring the family of Manuel Garcia to do a concert in the church in 1826. His experience as an immigrant, filled with highs and lows, was a prototype of immigrants to come: Da Ponte, the Jewish-born priest, poet, and womanizer remade himself in America. He befriended the likes of Clement Clarke Moore and other influential Americans, introduced Italian opera and literature into the United States, and became the first professor of Italian in America at Columbia.
The event will be a mix of lecture by Professor Felice Beneduce of Columbia University, playwright Mario Fratti and musical selections with opera singers from Divaria Productions and Salome Chamber Orchestra. It will take place in New York on November 9 at 7:3@ at the Basilica di Old St. Patricks, Mott street between Prince and Houston. For tickets you can visit, www.lorenzodaponte.eventbrite.com. $20 adults, $10 seniors and students.