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Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes
Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati

Mar 20–22, 2009

Friday-Saturday, March 20-21, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 22, 3 pm

Tickets $25, MCA members $20

Direct from Mexico City, Teatro de Ciertos HabitantesClaudio Valdés is causing a worldwide sensation with his award winning theater/opera about the castrati – boys castrated before puberty to preserve the soprano range of their voices, an 18th century practice that propelled many boys from poverty to stardom. Through brilliant musical performances and extreme physical comedy, Monsters and Prodigies offers a humorous and sophisticated satire of Baroque opera and a century of music ruled by the castrati.

Running time: 105 minutes, no intermission
Recommended for mature audiences
No late seating permitted
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles


Program Notes


Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati is made possible by a grant from the Governor’s International Arts Exchange Program of the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Generous support provided by the Consulate General of Mexico, Chicago and the Mexico Tourism Board.