My history hero: Katie Derham chooses Lorenzo Da Ponte

"He was a priest, lover, libertine and friend of Casanova – and that's all before he became the co-creator of three of the most sublime operas ever written." BBC presenter Katie Derham explains why she chose the brilliant poet and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte as her history hero

A c1830 portrait of the scandalous but sublimely talented Lorenzo da Ponte. (Photo by Alamy)

This article was first published in the April 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine

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