The Consolato d’Italia, Detroit, and the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University are pleased to present:

Giuseppe Verdi at 200:
Reflections on his Music, Life, and Times

by John Zaretti, President of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan

Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m.
Donahue Auditorium
Dolan Center for Science and Technology

John Carroll University
Free and Open to the Public

The program examines aspects of Verdi’s life and personality, with colorful projected images illustrating the many political, literary, and musical influences on him, and in turn by him on others in his era.

The program will also feature students from the Cleveland Institute of Music in live performances of opera excerpts:

“Pari siamo
” from Rigoletto (1851)
Gwanuk Seo, Baritone

“Tacea la Notte” from Il Trovatore (1853)
Laurel Weir, Soprano

“Addio del passato” from La Traviata (1853)
Allyson Dezii, Soprano

“O Patria…O tu Palermo” from I Vespri Siciliani (1855)
I Sheng Huang, Bass-Baritone

“Saper Vorreste” from Un Ballo in Maschera (1859)
Naomi Duerr, Soprano

“Son io, mio Carlo…Per me giunto…io morrò” from Don Carlo (1867)
Andrew Manea, Baritone
John Simmons, Piano

Everyone is invited to attend this stimulating lecture that will celebrate this year’s bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth and the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan’s 25th anniversary of its foundation. In view of the designation of 2013 as The Year of Italian Culture in the USA, this program will delight anyone wanting to know more about Giuseppe Verdi and his operas and the fascinating cultural movement that developed in the Italian artistic and intellectual community of Verdi’s time.  In conjunction with the presentation there will also be an exhibit of rare opera posters and other attractive opera memorabilia.

A reception and exhibition will follow the presentation.

Our presenter, John Zaretti, is the president and co-founder of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, both founded in 1988. He has been actively involved in promoting operatic music, organizing  exhibits and making presentations on the life of composer Giuseppe Verdi and on the history of opera at such institutions as The International Institute in Detroit, The University of Michigan School of Music, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Toledo Opera Company in Ohio, the Stratford Festival in Canada, and many other organizations; presenting concerts in cooperation with, among others, the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the La Scala Instrumental Ensemble and the Parma Opera Ensembles from Italy, the Rackham Symphony Choir and Detroit Country Day School. Together with the Verdi Opera he has also established the annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students, now in its twentieth year of operation, to encourage and help support talented young vocalists in exploring the world of opera and classical vocal music. Winners of the Vocal Competition and other recipients of Verdi Opera prizes are now performing with New York’s Metropolitan and other opera companies in the USA and abroad. John’s efforts were officially recognized by the government of Italy, which bestowed him with the distinction of  Cavaliere of the Order of Merit.