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Vincenzo Bellini's "I Puritani" from Paris to Chicago



 Vincenzo Bellini's

Vincenzo Bellini's "I Puritani" from Paris to Chicago

2 feb

A discussion with Maestro Enrique Mazzola, Conductor of Lyric Opera's production of "I Puritani," led by Professor Jesse Rosenberg, Musicologist at Northwestern University.

Presented on the occasion of Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of "I Puritani" February 4-28.

Of all the opera composers, none glorified the human voice more than Bellini. His final opera was I Puritani, in which a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass can truly revel in some of the most thrilling vocal music ever written. Opera companies produce this work only when they can cast fabulous singers with masterful techniques and superb style. Bellini places them within a sweeping historical drama in 17th-century England, in which a passionate young couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.

Maestro Mazzola is the Ambassador of vino nobile di Montepulciano. A wine tasting will follow this discussion.

Enrique Mazzola

Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is Artistic & Music Director of the Orchestre National d’Île de France, to which he was appointed from the 2012/13 season. Renowned as an expert interpreter and champion of bel canto opera, he is in demand worldwide as both an operatic and symphonic conductor.

Plans for the 2017/18 season include his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and return visits to Opernhaus Zurich (Maria Stuarda, Il barbiere di Siviglia), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Le prophète) and Lyric Opera of Chicago (I Puritani). ONDIF highlights this season include a concert version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, recording work and concerts in Paris at the La Seine Musicale and Philharmonie de Paris.

Past opera has also included the Rossini Opera Festival (La gazzetta), Theatre des Champs-Elysées (Tancredi, Don Pasquale, La scala di seta, L’occasione fa il ladro, Il signor Bruschino), Den Norske Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Dinorah in concert, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Vaisseau fantome, Falstaff) and the Bolshoi Theatre (La sonnambula).

An accomplished interpreter of contemporary music, he has commissioned and conducted several premieres with ONDIF. He conducted the world premiere of Colla’s Il processo at La Scala, Il re nudo by Luca Lombardi at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Medusa by Arnaldo De Felice at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Isabella by Azio Corghi at the Rossini Opera Festival, and many other premieres with major European orchestras.

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.




Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Entrance : Free


500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450