Sunday, August 16 from 5:30- 6:30 pm PST on zoom $25.00
A one hour salon celebrating the hidden figures who were an essential part of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operatic career: Antonio Salieri and Lorenzo DaPonte
Famously reduced in the Academy Award winning film Amadeusto a plodding musical dolt who succumbs to his bitter envy of Mozart, the real Antonio Salieri was an astonishingly generous and talented composer who (remembering his own early struggles) unstintingly nurtured the youthful gifts of Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Mozart's own son Franz Xavier-- without any financial compensation. Far from being Mozart's enemy, the story of the scandal that overshadowed Salieri's later life reveals the pain and grief we can all experience when we question whether we have done enough to help a friend in trouble.
Lorenzo DaPonte was the librettist for Mozart's three greatest operas, and many of Salieri's, A gambler, womanizer and political radical , DaPonte shared many a vice with his most famous character, Don Giovanni. But romantic love and the inspiration of Dante's Divine Comedy completely reformed his character. Lorenzo ended his days as an philanthropist, revered teacher , patron of the arts and the man we can credit for bringing both Mozart and Dante to America. His biography is one of the most fascinating and exhilarating stories of personal transformation and redemption I have ever come across- and reason for us all to hope.
This is a salon that celebrated the power of stories to shape our lives, to redeem our destinies and to bind together the world in hidden harmony.