Hieronymus Löschenkohl, Folgen von der Erfindung der Luftkugeln, um 1790, Bildarchiv der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek


Lorenzo Da Ponte in New York

October 10 – 11, 2005
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, New York

The Da Ponte Institute of Vienna and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, New York celebrated and commemorated the 200th Anniversary of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s Arrival in the New World

Lorenzo Da Ponte’s arrival in New York marked the beginning of a ‘cultural connection’ between Europe and America with the exchange of Enlightenment ideas such as rationalism, freemasonry, social utopia, latent romanticism and concepts relating to economies. Da Ponte as a supranational cosmopolitan is exemplary of the critical European, intellectual and artistic emigrant – not only of the 18th century. Da Ponte’s bicentenary in 2005 and the Mozart jubilee in 2006 provide the backdrop for an ongoing discussion and interdisciplinary study of the scientific and intellectual exchange between America and Europe and specifically among the USA, Italy and Austria. The legacy of the enlightened 18th century – networking, open-minded communication, visionary thinking, universalistic discourse and experimentation with ideas – still has great relevance today.

October 10, 8 p.m.

Opening Speakers:

David Freedberg
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, New York

Brigitta Blaha
Austrian Consulate General

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
Austrian Cultural Forum

Gary A. Henningsen
Grand Lodge of the State of New York

Herbert Lachmayer
Presentation of the book
Lorenzo Da Ponte. Opera and Enlightenment in late 18th century Vienna
Preview on the jubilee-exhibition at the Albertina, Vienna 2006:
MOZART. Experiment Enlightenment

Werner Hanak / Reinhard Eisendle
Presentation of the exhibition Lorenzo Da Ponte at the Jewish Museum, Vienna 2006:
Il poeta di Mozart – Challenging a New World

Musical Performance by the trio marc.chagall, fellows of the Herbert von Karajan Centrum, Vienna
– Matthias Schorn, clarinet
– Maria Grün, cello
– Nikolaus Wagner, piano

Franz Schubert
from „Moments musicaux“, op. 94 D780
1. Allegro vivace, 2. Allegro moderato
(Klaus Wagner, piano)

Wolfgang A. Mozart
Concert for clarinet in A-Major, KV 622
1. Adagio
(Matthias Schorn, clarinet; Klaus Wagner, piano)

Joseph Haydn
Concert for cello in D-Major, Hob. VIIb:2
1. Rondo Allegro
(Maria Grün, violoncello; Klaus Wagner, piano)

Wolfgang A. Mozart
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in Es-Major, KV 498 „Kegelstatt“
Andante, 2. Minuetto, 3. Rondo Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio clarinet, cello and piano in B-Major, op. 11 „Gassenhauer“
Allegro con brio, 2. Adagio, 3. Allegretto


October 11, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Teatro of the Italian Academy (second floor)
presented by Gregor B. Dekleva, Da Ponte Institute, Vienna

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gernot Gruber
Da Ponte, Mozart and the Tradition of Opera in Vienna

Otto Biba
Da Ponte in New York – Mozart in New York

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Richard Heinrich
Daintiness and Rationality. Kant as the Philosopher of Rococo

Rainer Münz
Migration and the Birth of Modern Nations: from the 18th to the 20th Century