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Giuseppe Verdi: The Man Who Saved Italian Opera

Sunday, November 15 • 3:00–4:00 p.m.
With Ronald Combs, NEIU Professor Emeritus


“I have devoted most of my life to the study of opera. I consider the operas of Verdi to be the finest musical theater works of all time and have studied them deeply for 60 years. Verdi was not only a musical genius, but he was also a great Italian patriot, who was deeply involved in the creation of Italy’s unity as a country. His operas remain more performed than those of any other composer and his understanding of the form is unequaled.”

Dr. Ronald Combs was the Chairman of the Vocal Department of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). He has sung more than 30 roles with numerous opera companies throughout the United States. As a composer, he has nine operas to his credit, as well as numerous songs, choral pieces and chamber music. His opera, “The Patriots,” was presented as the opening performance for the newly renovated auditorium at NEIU in October of 2005. He continues to teach voice in the Chicago area.


Members @ $5
Non-members @ $10

Please reserve your space no later than November 14, 2020.
Questions or comments? Email: daniela@sentieri.com




“You may have the universe
if I may have Italy.”

Giuseppe Verdi





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