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Beyond The Consul with the Chicago Opera Theater

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Newberry Library

60 West Walton St.

Chicago, IL 60610

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Reception 5:30 pm; program 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Join us for a performance and panel on the history and future of immigration and refugees in Chicago, in advance of Chicago Opera Theater’s upcoming production of The Consul, Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 opera about political refugees.

Featuring local refugee and Refugee Orchestra Project musicians and the personal stories of Consul director Andreas Mitisek and Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya.

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  • Lubana Al Quntar, soprano, is known as “Syria’s first opera singer.” She was the first graduate of the conservatory in Damascus, and after studying in Europe, returned to teach there. She was lucky to escape at the start of the recent civil war and now lives in Washington DC. She will sing “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Puccini’s Manon and “O patria mia” from Verdi’s Aida, along with some traditional Syrian music.
  • Maria Gorkun, violinist, is from Ukraine. She moved to the United States recently, during the civil war there. In addition to being a violinist, she is a master bow-maker, a profession she could not freely pursue as a woman in Ukraine. She will perform music by Irving Berlin and Barók’s Romanian Folk Dances.

Event cosponsored with the Chicago Opera Theater.

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