Singing for da Vinci

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

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.

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