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Wednesday, September 25, 2013





Ribald, revolutionary, and unconventional, Verdi's operas were censored by church, court, and police. General Editor Philip Gossett and other scholars have unearthed Verdi's original scores in 30 years of editing the Verdi papers with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A "lost" aria, mangled lyrics, and excisions will be illustrated during a conversation celebrating Verdi's 200th anniversary. Dr. Gossett will be at the piano and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists on stage. Kenneth Feinberg, former president of the Washington National Opera and special master of the September 11th victim compensation fund, will moderate.

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with the support of the National Trust for the Humanities


Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008


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The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a long history of supporting research, preservation, and public programs about Giuseppe Verdi. In 1979, the NEH began a multi-decade series of grants supporting Philip Gossett and other scholars at The University of Chicago in their preparation of critical editions of the full works of Verdi – including all 28 of his operas, along with historical introductions, performance history, and critical commentary. Eighteen volumes have been published, with the full set expected to be completed in 2025. When complete, new scholarship will help correct more than a century of misinterpretations and errors and resolve long-standing ambiguities of melodic detail, harmony, phrasing and text.

Additionally, in 1987, NEH funded a two-week summer institute in Washington, DC on Opera in the Humanities, focusing on the inter-relationships between the works and influences of William Shakespeare and Verdi. In 1992, NEH funded the publication of a translation of the full correspondence between Verdi and his librettist Arrigo Boito, later published as a full edited edition two years later. "Verdi in Retrospect and Today," an international conference in the winter of 2001 in Parma, Italy, New York City, and New Haven, Connecticut, was also funded by NEH, and brought together Verdi and music scholars to further collaborate and analyze the composer's works and life. Moreover, NEH awarded a Fellowship for a researcher at Louisiana State University in 2005 to dig into versification, Stanzaic Theory, and melodic aesthetics in Verdi's operas. In 2010 the Endowment gave a grant to the Defiant Requiem Foundation of Washington, DC to develop a concert-drama entitled Verdi at Terezín, in which performers re-enacted the story of Conductor Rafael Schächter and his fellow prisoners at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp who sought to "sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them" by performing Verdi's Requiem Mass at the camp more than sixteen times; public performances were held at the Kennedy Center, the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Lincoln Center, and St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.


Philip Gossett

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Music at The University of Chicago and was a Professor "di chiara fama" at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." Gossett is the general editor of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi (University of Chicago Press and G. Ricordi) and of the Works of Gioachino Rossini (Bärenreiter-Verlag).

He is the author of Divas and Scholars (The University of Chicago Press, 2006), which won the Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for the best book in music of the year. The Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome published his studies of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (1993) and of Donizetti's Don Pasquale (1999). Gossett has collaborated with several theatres in Italy and elsewhere, among them the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Verdi Festival in Parma, and the Metropolitan Opera of New York.

For his contributions to Italian culture, the President of Italy personally named him a "Cavaliere di Gran Croce" in 1998. In 2004 he received the "Distinguished Achievement Award" of the Mellon Foundation, the first musicologist to be so honored.

Kenneth R. Feinberg

Kenneth R. Feinberg is one of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has served as Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, has mediated the resolution of insurance claims arising from hurricanes Sandy, Ike, Gustav and Katrina, and is currently Administrator of the One Fund Boston Victim Relief Fund, established to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks of April 15, 2013.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and New York University School of Law, Mr. Feinberg served as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, New York State Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1972; Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York from 1972 to 1975; Special Counsel, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 1975 to 1980; Chief of Staff to Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1978-1980; Founding Partner of the Washington office of Kaye Scholer in 1980; and Founder of The Feinberg Group, LLP in 1993.

Mr. Feinberg has taught at Harvard, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, New York University, University of Virginia, and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


A native of Detroit, American soprano Jacqueline Echols is in her first year of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In January 2014 she will appear as Musetta in Opera North Carolina’s La Bohème.She most recently appeared with the Glimmerglass Festival as Giulietta in King for a Day and with Cincinnati Opera as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Clara in Porgy and Bess. She has also sung the role of Micaela in Carmen with Eugene Opera. She has appeared with New York Harlem Productions as both Clara and Bess in Porgy and Bess and was featured in a documentary Porgy and Me, which premiered in Germany in January 2010. In 2012 she was a second prize winner at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. She completed her master’s degree and artist diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). While at CCM, she appeared in mainstage opera productions as the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

American baritone Norman Garrett is in his second year of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This fall he appears as a Steersman in WNO’s Tristan and Isolde, and he recently made his Wolf Trap Opera debut as Filene Young Artist, performing the roles of Ford from Verdi's Falstaff and Il Barone di Trombonok from Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims. Last season with WNO he was seen as Masetto in Don Giovanni (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance), in the premiere of the American Opera Initiative, and as the Father in Hansel and Gretel. He made his Glimmerglass Festival debut in the summer of 2012 as Amonasro in Aida, a role he reprised at Opera Santa Barbara in March 2013, and covered La Haine in Armide. A former resident artist of the Academy of Vocal Arts, he has been seen on stage with Kentucky Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and more recently with the Philadelphia Center City Opera Theater where he has sung such roles as Marcello (La bohème), Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). In 2012 he won prizes in 7 different international vocal competitions such as, The Gerda Lissner Foundation also The William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, Giulio Gari, Ft. Worth McCammon, Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, and more.

Belarusian tenor Yuri Gorodetski is in his second year of WNO’s Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program. This fall with WNO he sings the roles of a Shepherd/a Sailor in Tristan and Isolde. Last season with WNO he sang Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance) and in the premiere performance of the American Opera Initiative.  In summer 2013 Mr. Gorodetski represented Belarus as one of the 20 finalists at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.He was a prize-winner at Queen Elisabeth International, Stanislaw Moniuszko International, and Montreal International Competitions. Starting in 2006, Mr. Gorodetski was a soloist at the Belarus National Opera Theatre, singing roles such as Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Vladimir in Prince Igor, and Alfredo in La traviata. Other engagements include Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Minsk Opera Theatre, Ly-Lam (L’inimico delle donne) and First Jew (Salome) at the Opéra de Liége, and Conte Errico (Haydn’s La vera costanza) in Madrid. He is a graduate of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and also studied at the Modena Academy of Music.

A native of Washington, D.C., bass Soloman Howard is in his third year of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with WNO he appears as Alcade of Hornachuelos in The Force of Destiny and Sarastro in The Magic Flute, and he will also sing the role of Colline in La Bohème at Opera North Carolina. Last season at WNO he appeared as Joe in Show Boat, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni,and as Muhammad Ali in the world premiere of Approaching Ali.Other recent engagements include his Central City Opera debut as Joe in Show Boat, Il Commendatore at Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute at WNO in 2014.  In WNO’s 2011-12 season he sang the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco. Other recent credits include a debut with Washington Concert Opera as Leone in Verdi’s Attila, and performances as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with PORTopera. Upcoming concerts include singing the role of Moser in I Masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera, and as a soloist with the New York Oratorio Society in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

American pianist Kevin Miller is in his second year as a pianist/coach in WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season with WNO he will work as music staff on WNO’s world premiere holiday opera, The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and last season he assisted on WNO’s production of Norma. Mr. Miller returned to The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program in summer 2013 for The Flying Dutchman and Passions, a double of works by Pergolesi and David Lang.  He is an alumnus of the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. A consummate collaborator, he has appeared with Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall on Laura Karpman’s production of Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama and partnered David Daniels in concert. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College and completed his Artistic Diploma and Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan with the world renowned Martin Katz. In 2008, he made his international solo debut in recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Other honors include full scholarships to the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute of Music, and the Bart Pitman Piano Competition Prize.

Canadian soprano Shantelle Przybylo is in her second year of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Last season she has been seen at WNO as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel,in the premiere performance of the American Opera Initiative, and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance, a role she reprised at Green Mountain Opera Festival in summer 2013.  She made her professional debut with Tapestry New Opera Company as Nataliya in The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. Other engagements include covering the title role in Lillian Alling with the Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre program. She made her singing debut in Europe in 2010, performing Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI). She has sung Arminda in La finta giardiniera at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos and Rose in Street Scene for the University of Western Ontario Opera Workshop. She holds a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Toronto under the mentorship of Lorna MacDonald. In 2012 she studied at Wendy Nielsen’s St. Andrews by the Sea Opera Workshop program.

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Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Time: 7PM


Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities

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