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I had the honor of writing this marker and later, participating in the unveiling ceremony in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in October of 1994. The PA Historical and Museum Commission OK'd it, of course, but wouldn't pay for it because Da Ponte hadn't done anything of historical significance during his residence in Sunbury. He was "merely" a teacher, merchant and distiller. As an opera fan, I thought it was enough that one of the two or three greatest librettists the world has ever known had simply lived there. Funds were raised privately and through a small grant from a state senator of Italian ancestry.
Mar 29, 2016 at 2:48pm PDT by chungar