Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838)

Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) (HM1N90)

Location: Sunbury, PA 17801 Northumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 51.708', W 76° 47.598'

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Mozart's librettist in the 1780s for "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," and "Cosi fan tutte" came to America in 1805 and lived in Sunbury from June 1811 to August 1818. Da Ponte wrote that on visiting Sunbury, the adopted home of his wife's family, "I grew so enamoured of the town that I resolved to settle there." A teacher, distiller, and merchant, he lived at the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets.
HM NumberHM1N90
Year Placed1994
Placed ByPennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 348862 N 4524963
Decimal Degrees40.86180000, -76.79330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 51.708', W 76° 47.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 51' 42.48" N, 76° 47' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)570
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 249 Market St, Sunbury PA 17801, US
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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

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