Mozart's father was Leopold Mozart, a German composer, conductor, teacher, and violinist. Aside from his famous son, Leopold is best known for his violin textbook Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule.
45) Which of Mozart's operas did Charles Gounod call "a work without blemish, of uninterrupted perfection"?
The first librettist chosen by Mozart himself appears to have been Giambattista Varesco, for Idomeneo in 1781. Five years later, he began his most enduring collaboration, with Lorenzo Da Ponte, his "true phoenix".
49) Who was the first singer to perform the role of Don Giovanni?
After returning with his father from Italy in 1773, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart would remain in this position until 1777 when he resigned.