Lorenzo da Ponte spent the last part of his life as a professor of Italian at Columbia University. Apparently we owe the fairly persistent presence (since the 1820s) of Italian opera in New York largely to him. I did not know this.

Source: Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick, The Age of Federalism (New York: Oxford UP, 1993), 191-192.

4 thoughts on “Huh.

  1. This is, of course, well known. What’s kept well hidden is that he is rather like Emilia Marty; immortal and required to reinvent himself as an opera impresario every forty years or so. Peter Gelb may well be his current incarnation though I feel that Lotfi Mansouri is a stronger candidate.


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