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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.