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"The Three Queens" by Gaetano Donizetti: A Lecture by Professor Gabriele Dotto



"The Three Queens" by Gaetano Donizetti: A Lecture by Professor Gabriele Dotto
Tuesday, November 26th at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

Presented in anticipation of the upcoming production of The Three Queens, featuring the finales of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, performed December 1 through 7 at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A lecture by Professor Gabriele Dotto, General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Giacomo Puccini and Direttore scientifico of the Ricordi Historical Archive of Milan.  Three of Donizetti’s most powerful dramatic operas dealt with English royals of the Tudor period. Anna Bolena (premiered 1830 in Milan) was the opera that finally consolidated the composer’s fame and fully launched his career; Maria Stuarda (1834/35), originally intended for Naples but considered politically problematic, was banned before it premiered and would open a year later in Milan; Roberto Devereaux (Naples, 1837) was an immediate success that travelled widely throughout Europe. The striking female principal roles in each of these great operas (Elizabeth I in the case of Devereaux), which came to be known in the 20th century as Donizetti’s “Three Queens,” offered some of his finest vocal writing, while demanded great acting skills. The stories behind their creation are at times a fascinating as the plots themselves.

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.

Friends of the Institute are eligible to receive 20% off the price of tickets for this production at Lyric Opera of Chicago by using promo code ITALIANO20. For tickets to Lyric Opera, please click here.

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Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Time: At 6:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 500 N Michigan Ave,