Singing for da Vinci
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s surgery department is in need of cash for a new robotic surgery system—you know, the one named for the Italian Renaissance artist, scientist and inventor. Perhaps making a wise choice, the fundraising event organized in response runs with Italy as a theme, rather than robots.
The chief of UIC’s robotic surgery division, Italian-born surgeon Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, has arranged a Jan. 24 performance in Chicago by Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli, who is in the U.S. for a run of “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Frittoli will appear with Italian conductor Mattia Rondelli and members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
The cheapest tickets are $35 (sold out, sorry), with the priciest seats at $250 and $500 including a reception; at those prices, Frittoli is likely to draw a much bigger audience to Chicago’s 1,500-seat Harris Theater than, say, a robotics demonstration could. Outliers would, however, pay at least $250 to see Giulianotti, a classical pianist as well as a maestro at the helm of a da Vinci console, conducting the performance with the system’s robotic arms.
Soprano Barbara Frittoli is lending her vocal gifts to a fundraiser for a robotic surgery system for a Chicago hospital later this month.