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Understanding Handel, Understanding Ariosto

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Tickets for non-paying members will be available on February 12, 2019

On the occasion of the Lyric Opera's March performances of Handel's *Ariodante* (1735), profs. Caterina Mongiat (DePaul University) and Robert Kendrick (University of Chicago) will discuss the literary background of the opera in Ludovico Ariosto's Renaissance epic "Orlando Furioso". The work shows the continuing importance of the poem two hundred years after its original 1516 publication, while also reflecting the musical spectacle central to the culture of eighteenth-century Europe.

Robert L. Kendrick works largely in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, music and commemoration, and the visual arts. His most recent book is Singing Jeremiah: Music and Meaning in Holy Week (Indiana UP, 2014), and recent graduate seminars include: ‘European Sacred Music Abroad, 1550-1730’; ‘Senecan Drama, Stoicism, and Baroque Opera’ (co-taught)'; and 'Music and Images in Early Modern Europe'. He has taught on the Rome and Vienna programs of the Civilization Core, as well as undergraduate ethnomusicology. In 2006 he won a Graduate Teaching Award. His books are The Sound of Milan, 1580-1650 (2002) and Celestial Sirens (1996) and he has edited the motets of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani for A-R Editions (1998). He has advised or worked with early music performers, including Chicago’s Newberry Consort, Bologna’s Cappella Artemisia, and Boston’s La Donna Musicale. At Chicago he is term faculty for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan), and affiliated with the Center for Gender Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. A member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, Kendrick received his Ph.D. (musicology) and M.A. (ethnomusicology) from New York University, after a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. A former autoworker and union activist, he is keenly interested in the issues around grad student, adjunct, and contingent-faculty labor in academia

Caterina Mongiat Farina has been the Italian Program director since 2010. Dr. Mongiat Farina's teaching and research interests include Italian language and culture at all levels; early modern Italian literature; history of Italian language and the questione della lingua; the Italian coming-of-age novel; rhetoric and translation. She is the author of Questione di lingua. L’ideologia del dibattito sull’italiano nel Cinquecento (Longo, 2014) and the co-translator of Umberto Eco’s classic manual How to Write a Thesis (MIT, 2015). Her articles appeared in Rinascimento, Italica, Strumenti critici, and other journals. She routinely presents her research at the annual conferences of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), the Modern Language Association (MLA, national and regional chapters), the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), and the Sixteenth Century Society (SCSC). Dr. Mongiat Farina is currently conducting research on animal metaphors in Italo Calvino.

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