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Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450


Presented on the occasion of the 19th edition of the Italian Language Week in the World, presented under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy. This year's edition will take place from October 21 to 27th and will have as its theme, "Italian on the Stage."

This event is also presented on the occasion of the production of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," which is being performed September 28 - October 27 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 


This event will feature three guests. Jesse Rosenberg will summarize the historical background of Rossini's opera, and Alessandra Visconti will then discuss with Alessandro Corbelli - the singer of the role of Bartolo in the October performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago - his approach to communicating the text through inflection and gesture, with particular emphasis on the recitativo. A free discussion, including comments and questions from the public, will conclude the evening. ​

Professor 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.

Alessandra Visconti teaches Italian at Northwestern University and coaches opera singers in Italian diction. As a singer she specialized in vocal music from the 12th to the 17th century, and has performed throughout Europe, the US, and Japan. Her publications include two Italian language manuals and English translations of opera libretti and Italian poetry. She is currently working on creating a platform of audio and video materials to facilitate language learning.

Turin-born baritone Alessandro Corbelli, internationally acknowledged as today’s pre-eminent interpreter of the Italian comic repertoire, is returning to Lyric Opera of Chicago this season to reprise his celebrated characterization of Dr. Bartolo/Il barbiere di Siviglia. He previously sang this role in the premiere of Lyric’s current Barbiere production (2013/14 season). Among the many major theaters where he has portrayed Bartolo are London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Corbelli has sung eight roles at Lyric, most recently Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte and Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola (2015/16). Later this season he will return to the role of Don Magnifico in Zurich and Vienna. Other successes in comedies from the bel canto repertoire include the title role/Don Pasquale (Vienna, Glyndebourne), Taddeo/L’italiana in Algeri (Salzburg), Dulcamara/L’elisir d’amore (Lyric, Metropolitan Opera, Madrid, Leipzig, Barcelona, San Francisco, and Houston, among other houses), and Sulpice/La fille du régiment (Covent Garden, Paris, Met). Corbelli is also renowned as Michonnet/Adriana Lecouvreur (Berlin, London, Paris), Falstaff (Toulouse, Glyndebourne), and Gianni Schicchi (Met, Glyndebourne, Turin). In 2017 he sang his first Melitone/La forza del destino and recently reprised the role in the greatly acclaimed new production at Covent Garden. He holds the Premio Abbiati, the Italian music critics’ prize, for his Leporello at La Scala, and the similarly prestigious Rossini d’Oro for his Don Geronio at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival. Corbelli has documented his artistry in an extensive discography and videography.

Friends of the Institute are eligible to receive 20% off the price of tickets for this production at Lyric Opera and for LUISA MILLER by Giuseppe Verdi (October 12-31) by using promo code ITALIANO20. For tickets to Lyric Opera, please visit

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Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

Entrance : Free