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Ten great librettists
The Venetian poet and librettist da Ponte wrote the words for 28 operas by 11 different composers, including three of Mozart's greatest, 'Don Giovanni', 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Così fan tutte'. Da Ponte's own scandalous life could be the subject of an opera in its own right. Pictured are Sophie Koch and Stephane Degout in a 2006 Salzburg production of 'Così fan tutte'.