Noted Italian actor to read three canti from “Dante’s Inferno” in original Italian 

Noted Italian actor to read three canti from “Dante’s Inferno” in original Italian 
October 12, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Noted Italian actor Gian Paolo Poddighe, who made his debut in "L' opera da tre soldi (Three-Penny Opera)" directed by Giorgio Strehler in 1973, will appear at Benedictine University at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room.

Poddighe will read three canti from "Dante's Inferno" in the original Italian. Nora Manca of Storefront Shakespeare will read the English version of Canti V, XXVI and XXXIII translated by H.W. Longfellow.

The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Storefront Shakespeare.

"Dante's Inferno" is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem, "Divine Comedy." "Dante's Inferno" is an allegorical tale of Dante's journey through what is largely the medieval concept of hell. Each "canto" is a division of the larger poem. For example, "Canto V" describes the second circle of hell where carnal sinners dwell.

Poddighe graduated from the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica where he studied under Orazio Costa. He has worked with several theater companies and performed in several Shakespeare productions including "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "King Lear" and "Much Ado About Nothing."

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts at (630) 829-6247.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.