Lorenzo da PonteLorenzo da Ponte
(born Emmanuele Conegliano, at Ceneda, near Venice, 1749 - New York, 1838
) was a librettist who worked at the Court Opera
. He provided librettos for many composers, but he is famous for his librettos for Mozart
's operas The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte,
and Don Giovanni.
After a time in London, teaching Italian and providing librettos to an Italian opera company, he emigrated to New York in 1805, where he made a living as a tobacco dealer and grocer, worked to establish an opera season, and taught Italian at Columbia University