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The Arduous Creation and Final Triumph of Puccini's La bohème

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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The Agony of Invention: The Arduous Creation and Final Triumph of La bohème
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a lecture by Professor Gabriele Dotto

To hear La bohème for the first or for the hundredth time, one is struck by its dramatic cohesion and the wonderful unity of its construction. The listener is almost tempted to imagine the composer writing under the feverish spell of an unbroken flow of inspiration. Yet the composition of La bohème was a laborious affair, involving innumerable changes of mind and revisions that nearly drove Puccini’s librettists (and his publisher) to distraction. The premiere, conducted by Toscanini, was beautifully prepared and executed, but the local critics were unimpressed: one went so far as to claim that “This opera won’t leave much of a trace in the history of lyric opera.” Was a more inaccurate prediction ever uttered? One hundred twenty-two years later, La bohème remains one of the most enduringly popular masterpieces of the operatic stage. This talk will explore the fascinating genesis of this beloved work. Soprano Maria Agresta, performing the role of Mimi in Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of La bohème will be in attendance. 

Professor Gabriele Dotto is General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Giacomo Puccini and Direttore scientifico of the Ricordi Historical Archive of Milan.

Presented on the occasion of Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, January 10-31, 2019. 
 
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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)


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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611

 

Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
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