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Unbridled Passion: "Lucia di Lammermoor"



Unbridled Passion:

On the occasion of the production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at Lyric Opera of Chicago (October 15 - November 6, 2016), the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago, is pleased to present original sketches for Edgardo and Lucia for the opening of Lucia di Lammermoor at San Carlo in Naples, 1835.

Unbridled Passion, a lecture by Gabriele Dotto

October 12th at 6pm - Doors Open at 5:45pm

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave. Suite 1450 Chicago, IL 60611

Gaetano Donizetti’s operatic rendition of Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoorhas come to represent, in the popular imagination, an emblematic high point of Italian musical romanticism. An instant success and an enduring repertory staple, this brooding, at times violent tale of jealously, betrayal, and insanity contains some of the most hauntingly beautiful music ever penned for soprano and tenor, and a breathtaking “mad scene” that is among the most memorable moments in all of opera. Yet the work itself had a difficult genesis and a later performance history as fascinating as it was rocky, while the mad scene accrued, over time, an over-the-top cadenza so lengthy and fantastic that it took on a fame all its own. In the mid-20th century Lucia risked becoming a routine warhorse, but in recent decades a revived critical appreciation of its powerful dramatic potential, and of Donizetti’s masterful craftsmanship, have led new audiences to embrace this “gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown” (as one critic aptly stated) more passionately than ever.

Maestro Enrique Mazzola, the Conductor of Lyric Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor, will be in attendance.

Gabriele Dotto, born in Milan, studied music in the US and Italy and taught at the Conservatory of Milan, later focusing on a career in publishing while working as an independent scholar. He was editor-in-chief, and later director of publishing, at G. Ricordi & C of Milan (Italy’s principal music publisher); at the University of Chicago Press in the 1980s, he launched its catalog of music studies. Dotto has published and lectured extensively on 19th and 20th century Italian opera, curated opera-themed exhibits in Milan, Berlin and Brussels, is co-General Editor of the “Operas of Gaetano Donizetti” critical edition and General Editor of the “Operas of Giacomo Puccini.” Editions of operas he prepared or supervised have been performed at La Scala, La Fenice, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the theaters of Bologna, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona and many more, and recorded by numerous labels. Currently director of the Michigan State University Press, he also serves as direttore scientifico of the Archivio Storico Ricordi of Milan. He and co-editor Roger Parker have prepared the critical edition of Lucia di Lammermoor, to be published in 2017.

Admission is free. Please RSVP at

Friends of the Italian Cultural Institute are eligible to receive a 20% discount off the price of this and all opera performances at Lyric Opera.  Please use promo code ITALIANO.


Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

In collaboration with : Lyric Opera of Chicago

Entrance : Free


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