Lyric Opera Season Preview Concert in Western Springs



Rose Guccione, soprano, Janet Mensen Reynolds, mezzo-soprano, Kenneth Donovan, tenor, and Keven Keys, baritone, together with Patrick Holland, pianist, and Gary Alexander, narrator, present a Lyric Opera Season Preview concert performing works by Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein at the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL on May 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Rose Guccione is Doña María Murtfeldt Triaca de Agustini in LOS CÁLICES VACÍOS at the Instituto Cervantes de Chicago

Los Cálices Vacíos/The Empty Chalices

A play by Judy Veramendi
Directed by Madrid St Angelo

In commemoration of the centennial of the death of the great Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini.

Performances in English:
Tue, April 1, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Sat, April 5, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Mon, April 7, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago

Funciones en español:
Martes, 8 de abril, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Viernes, 11 de abril, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago
Sábado, 12 de abril, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 PM, Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago

Or at the door
$25 adults; $15 students, seniors, or groups
Discounted parking at garage just east of Cervantes Institute; Red line stop Grand & State.
Information: 224-522-2083

Los cálices vacíos/The Empty Chalices offers a look at the Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini through the eyes of the American writer Judy Veramendi, who was captivated by the suggestive works that the poet created.

“Intense and exquisite, the work enthralls the audience from the first moment to the last…” (La Raza, Chicago, May 2003)
“Delmira comes alive in a play written by a ‘gringa’ (El Observador, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2003)
“Playwright Judy Veramendi shows an unusual dedication to the life and art of Uruguayan writer Delmira Agustini—and it’s wholly warranted… Hearing Agustini’s imagistic, word-drunk paeans to ‘the ineffable’ is immensely rewarding.” (Chicago Reader, May, 2003)

Collaborating Organizations:

Gobierno de la República Oriental del Uruguay–Consulado General en Chicago
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
Centro Cultural Internacional Latino (Chicago) / International Latino Cultural Center (Chicago)


Delmira Agustini lived and wrote 100 years ahead of her time; as one critic noted, “She was the first woman to write freely of women’s feelings about love, sensuality, and art.”  Her poetry was considered scandalous for many years in her home country of Uruguay. This absorbing play depicts her life and works up until the age of 27, when all threatened to end at the hands of a jealous ex-husband.  Exquisite and sensuous, the play will enchant you from beginning to end.


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