The Opera Festival of Chicago’s inaugural festival debuted on Saturday evening to a full house at the Athenaeum Theatre. Thank you to all who attended and supported the performance.
The festival continues on Wednesday, July 28 & Thursday, July 29 for Dante 700 at Artifacts Events in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
700 years ago Italy’s greatest writer entered his own Vita Nuova after contracting Malaria. 700 years later we celebrate the prolific impact of Dante and his Divine Comedy on opera’s rich history. This One-Night-Only event features operatic greats and hidden gems by the great masters and performed by international artists in Chicago’s most exciting new performance spaces – Artifact Events – this is not to be missed.
A complimentary pre-performance behind the scenes discussion with Lucia Marchi prior to each performance.
7:00pm for the 8:00pm performance
The Cast & Crew
Jenny Schuler, soprano
Ola Rafalo, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Martin, tenor
Franco Pomponi, baritone
Doug Han, piano, music director
Brady Collins, artistic director
Tony Stoeri, lighting design
Lakeside Artist Guild
Puccini’s heart wrenching tale of tragic loss, faded love, illicit passion, treacherous betrayal, and a fatal fall from grace, sails into town with Opera Festival of Chicago’s main-stage production of Puccini’s Il Tabarro starring world renowned soloists: baritone Franco Pomponi, tenor Christopher Colmenero, mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo, and soprano Jennifer Schuler. A One Night Only, musical experience that will leave a lasting impression.
A complimentary pre-performance behind the scenes discussion with Roger Pines prior to each performance.
6:00pm for the 7:00pm performance
8:00pm for the 9:00pm performance
Cast & Crew
Franco Pomponi, Michele
Christopher Colmenero, Luigi
Jenny Schuler, Giorgetta
Ola Rafalo, La Frugola
Tao Tong, Tinca
Frank DeVincentis, Talpa
Maximiliano Illanes & Valeria Rodriguez, Lovers
Tyrique McNeal, Stevedore
Michael Rivera, Stevedore
Angel Azzarra, Midinette
Marc Verzatt, director
Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor
Ella Marchment, design & concept
Izumi Inaba, costume design
Bridget Williams, lighting design
Lakeside Artist Guild
Opera Festival of Chicago Orchestra