Lorenzo Da Ponte’s life was the stuff of opera itself. Forced to convert from his Jewish faith to Christianity for the sake of a good marriage, he was trained as a priest, then took a mistress and fathered a child. Reprimanded by the authorities, he opened a brothel, which led to his banishment from Venice. Relocating to Vienna, he soon fell into the court, where the emperor, a lover of opera, paired him with Mozart. Inspired by Giacomo Casanova’s exploits, Da Ponte persuaded Mozart that the adventurer should be the subject of his next opera. All Da Ponte had to do was look around him, and his characters were born. In addition to being pursued by a beautiful ingenue, he was simultaneously balancing the egos of his two divas of the moment – one the lover of the court composer Salieri, the other his own mistress. By listening to the ministrations of Casanova himself and keeping Mozart inspired, Da Ponte achieved the miraculous invention of Don Giovanni the opera.
Venecia. 1763. El escritor Lorenzo Da Ponte lleva una vida entregada a vicios y placeres. Sacerdote en su origen (la película comienza con su bautismo, bajo la mirada molesta de Casanova), es exiliado a Viena por difundir versos contra la Iglesia y el poder de la Inquisición. Con el apoyo de su amigo y mentor Casanova, Lorenzo es presentado al maestro Salieri, compositor preferido del Emperador y también a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Viendo una oportunidad para frenar el aumento de Mozart, Salieri empuja a Mozart a tomar a este libertino desconocido como su libretista. La naturaleza misma de Lorenzo, sin embargo, será una fuente de inspiración para una de sus obras más audaces y de mayor alcance: Don Giovanni.
rv v mar 2011