Da Ponte, Lorenzo (Conegliano, Emanuelle)
- (1749-1838)Italian poet and adventurer. His parents abandoned Judaism in 1763 and changed their names. He was trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood, but at the age of 21 he sought a more adventurous life in Venice. He turned to writing, was a friend of Casanova, and became involved in various love affairs. In 1779 he was expelled from Venice; later he settled in Vienna and became the imperial opera's Italian librettist. His librettos were used by Mozart. He later lived in London and the US.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.