OCTOBER 15 AND 17, 7:30PM
Columbia University, Low Memorial Library’s Rotunda
Free and open to the public
(Photo: "Park Theatre, New York," ca. 1840. Thomas Wakeman (1812-1878) / Museum of the City of New York. 29.100.837A)
Originally performed at the Park Theatre in New York on April 20, 1830, L’Ape Musicale is Da Ponte’s final libretto and the first Italian opera conceived and staged in the United States.
On October 15 and 17, the Cagliari Opera House, one of Italy’s most renowned opera companies, will present the first modern rendering of the opera in the Rotunda of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. The production is part of the Internationalization Project of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari promoted by the Region of Sardinia and included in the program of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Da Ponte, author of Mozart’s most important opera librettos, was the first Professor of Italian at Columbia.
LORENZO DA PONTE AND THE BIRTH OF ITALIAN OPERA IN NEW YORK
Monday, October 15, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Columbia University, Italian Academy