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On the occasion of the upcoming production of Jules Massenet's "Don Quichotte" at Lyric Opera (November 19 through December 7th), the Italian Cultural Institute and Instituto Cervantes are pleased to present


A Conversation with Lyric Opera singers
Ferruccio Furlanetto, (Don Quichotte) and Nicola Alaimo (Sancho)
and Musicologist Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University

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Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm
Instituto Cervantes
31 W Ohio Street


More than half a century before Man of La Mancha, Massenet broughtCervantes’s universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote to the operatic stage.Inspired by the greatest of all Spanish novels, Don Quichotte is the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady Dulcinée. The opera
combines Massenet’s fabulously atmospheric music with his own matchlesstheatrical flair to conjure a Spain that abounds with energy and spirit, beauty, and hope. Legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto bringing this signature role to vivid life with Sir Andrew Davis conducting in a production that is as gorgeous to see as it is to hear.

Guests may also enjoy the exhibiton on display at Instituto Cervantes, Quijotes por el mundo (Don Quixotes around the world), which shows the rich holdings of the Instituto Cervantes’s network of libraries and, at the same time, pays tribute to the hundreds of translators of Cervantes’s work who, over a period of 400 years, have made it possible to disseminate Cervantes and his texts worldwide. For more information about this exhibition, please click here.

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.

Ferruccio Furlanetto is an Italian bass. His professional debut was in 1974 in Lonigo, he debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1979, in a production of Verdi's Macbeth, conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has gone on to sing numerous roles, including both Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco, Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust, Orestes in Strauss' Elektra, Fiesco in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, the title role of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, as well as many other roles.

Nicola Alaimo won the Giuseppe Di Stefano” competition in Trapani, and made his performance debut there in 1997 in La Cenerentola (Dandini). His career took on an international dimension in 2003 when he performed the role of Count di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Ravenna Festival. He also sang the role of the Pharaoh (Moïse et Pharaon) under the direction of Riccardo Muti at Milan’s La Scala. He made his debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in Un Ballo in maschera (Renato) and, in 2006, took on the lead role in Don Pasquale under the direction of Riccardo Muti for a tour organized by the Ravenna Festival.

Jesse Rosenberg received his PhD from New York University, and has been on the musicology faculty of Northwestern University since 1998. Both as a scholar and teacher he specializes in 19th-century Italian opera, and has published his researches on Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Mascagni, as well as studies on opera and religion.

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Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Instituto Cervantes, and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Entrance : Free


Instituto Cervantes - 31 W Ohio Street