The Oratorio: A Documentary with Martin Scorsese



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Martin Scorsese tells the story of a performance that introduced Italian opera to NYC.

Martin Scorsese reveals the story of a single performance in 1826 that forever changed America's cultural landscape with the introduction of Italian opera to New York City – an event Mozart's great librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte helped orchestrate.

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1826, Mott and Prince Streets, New York City. Italian legend Lorenzo Da Ponte, librettist for Mozart, has faced hard times since moving to America and is alternating work as a professor of Italian literature and grocer in New York City. Wanting to introduce Americans to the joys of Italian culture and opera, he reaches out to well-known tenor Manuel Garcia, urging him to bring his company to New York City.

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