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February 3, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. — Lorenzo Da Ponte, the librettist for Mozart's operas "The Marriage of Figaro," "Cosi fan Tutti," and "Don Giovanni," moved to New York in 1805. He taught Italian, imported books, and even ran a hardware business. The story of "Mozart in Manhattan" jumps off from the premise that Mozart did not die in 1791 but came to the United States on the urging of Da Ponte, who persuades Mozart with the lure of the New World's artistic freedom and fresh opportunities. A comedic fairy-tale involving young lovers, a wealthy widow and the two opera impresarios unfolds on the streets and the parlors of Manhattan.
The opera runs Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5 in The O'Shaughnessy on St. Catherine's St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Ave.