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At 91, Claudia Pinza was still teaching voice at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. She was also taking on private students and directing the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera — an internationally acclaimed summer training program based in Pittsburgh and Oderzo, Italy, in honor of her father, star of opera and Broa...

Happy birthday to Tony Bennett, whose name lives on at Bennett Studios in Englewood. The famed singer is turning 91 on Thursday, Aug. 3. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he deve...

The Italian-American community has for many years now been suffering a very blatant stereotype in the media. Hollywood, despite being filled with high-caliber writers and the type of talent that could possibly dispel the myths and fabrications that have been levied against Italians, has many times opted to show their version of events rather than l...

Love Italian design? Interested in a trip to Italy? Good news: Italian design house Fantini is calling on designers and architects to submit projects for its inaugural Design Awards. The winners will take a trip to Fantini's scenic lakefront headquarters in Pella, Italy. Fantini's panel of judges, led by Stefano Giussani, CEO of Lissoni Inc., will...

The sold-out collection by Italian-American poet Jennifer Barone gets an updated Second Edition to be released by Feather Press, August 2017 Saporoso (Italian for “tasty”) – reads like a robust, Italian dinner menu. Jennifer explores, without abandon, the sensual nature of Italian culture, mythology, family, sex and love through Italian food and th...

Calling all photographers, amateur or professional! We are now accepting submissions to our Fifth Annual NIAF Photo Contest! Enter your photo that best captures this year’s theme: That’s Amore! Grand-prize: a Gala package for November 3-4 that includes transportation to Washington, D.C., hotel accommodations, all Gala weekend events, and two ticket...

Sebastian Maniscalco has had a good year--just don’t tell him that; he doesn’t want to jinx it. In the past 12 months, he has performed over 100 stand-up gigs, has released his fourth comedy special for Showtime, welcomed his first daughter, has gone on a few nice trips with his wife and bought a Vespa. That last one may not compare to Jerry Seinfe...

In December my grandmother died after a long battle with Alzheimer's. I'm a fourth-generation Italian, and my grandmother was the epicenter of our world. At her funeral, I pondered how our family would fare without its matriarch; I began to fear that without her, we might lose the togetherness that is so central to an Italian family's lifeblood. I...

We want you to know the staff working behind-the-scenes here at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), so we are taking the opportunity to introduce you to one of our staff members! This week, we introduce you to John Della Fave, our Chief Financial Officer How long have you worked at NIAF? I’ve been working for NIAF since this past Decem...

For Luca Salsi, there is no composer better than Verdi. No one. Salsi, the Italian baritone, who is slated to sing the role of Amonasro at the Salzburg Festival starting in early August, has repeatedly professed that no composer in the history of Italian opera was able to fuse music and text with the same level of conviction and depth. And while he...

Anthony Scaramucci hasn’t even officially started his White House job, but he’s already captured a lot of attention — and helped perpetuate negative stereotypes about Italian-Americans. An advocacy group pushed back against Scaramucci’s performance a week after President Donald Trump chose him to lead his communications team and a day after he unle...

The Consorzio di Tutela della DOC Prosecco (Prosecco DOC Consortium, www.prosecco.wine) has announced the formation of‘ Casa Prosecco DOC USA, which will serve as the denomination's official source of news and information in the United States, the second largest importer of Prosecco in the world.  Sales of Prosecco have continued to increase more t...