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Giovanni Bertati

(1735—1815)


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(1735–1815) lived for most of his life in Venice, though he gained his greatest recognition in Vienna, where he was appointed imperial poet in 1791 in succession to Da Ponte. He wrote some seventy drammi per musica, mostly comic in character: among them Don Giovanni o sia il Convitato di pietra, performed in Venice in 1787, the first edition of which (1782) is believed by some scholars to have influenced Mozart's famous opera. [See also Austria; Libretto; Opera.]

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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