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The World's Greatest Music
Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749–1838) wrote the words for 28 operas by 11 composers, including three of Mozart's greatest - Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte. But this librettist's own life was scandalous enough to make an opera in its own right.
Da Ponte took Minor Orders in 1770 and was ordained a priest in 1773. He began at this period writing poetry in Italian and Latin, including an ode to wine. In 1773 he moved to Venice, where he taught Latin, Italian and French.
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