NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Celebrated Italian tenor Enrico Caruso once famously said that all that was needed for Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il trovatore” to excel were the four greatest singers in the world. Lyric Opera of Chicago might not have fully delivered on that near-impossible formula in the second revival of the company’s 2006-07 co-production of the beloved Italian melodra...

Sunday, December 2, 2018. 10:15 AM. ISAAC M. WISE TEMPLE - 8329 RIDGE ROAD - CINCINNATI, OH 45236. RSVP: LISA SHUSTERMAN, 513.487.3055 or lshusterman@holocaustandhumanity.org. HORNSTEIN MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP. SPEAKER: RABBI BARBARA AIELLO. Rabbi Aiello will discuss the experience of Italian Jews during World War II, focusing on the southern region...

Richard Montalbano began collecting religious artifacts more than 40 years ago, enshrining them in a small chapel he built in his family’s furniture-making factory in Bellwood. Over the years, his collection grew to more than 360 statues and 375 relics, and when he closed his factory in 2000, a special chapel was built to house them in the Visitati...

Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia for Hell in a Handbag Productions' annual benefit, THE SOPHIA PETRILLO ITALIAN DINNER & TALENT SHOW on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 5 - 10 pm at Our Lady of Eternal Guilt aka Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets ($75 in advance) are currently available...

If we’re lucky, we live out childhood dreams in adult careers, the preeminent example being the Little Leaguer who makes the starting lineup of a major league baseball team. While Chris Vaccaro never swung a bat at Yankee Stadium, he hit a grand slam when he became editor-in-chief and digital director at the Topps Company. Having collected sports c...

In the thick of battle during the Vietnam War, Sam Scardino was so severely wounded in a landmine explosion that doctors initially thought he had perished in the blast. The second of five children, Samuel Scardino was born in Chicago to Samuel and Doris (Marquardt) Scardino. The family lived in the Italian neighborhood of California and Arthington...

When: Thu, Nov 29 from 6:00 PM to  9:00 PM - Where: Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit , MI 48202 Join Dr. Maria Manca, Consul of Italy in Detroit, Dr. Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Dr. Alan P. Darr for private tours of the Grand Tour of Italy gallery suite followed by a celebration of Italian art, wine and cuisine i...

Prof. Emeritus Riccardo Levi-Setti, a pioneering physicist and Holocaust survivor whose wide-ranging interests spanned cosmic rays to microscopy to trilobite fossils, died Nov. 8 in Chicago at age 91. Referred to as a “Renaissance man” by his colleagues, Levi-Setti was active in exploring subatomic particles called strange quarks before pioneering...

For more than a decade, Tamara Wilson has sung leading soprano roles on the world's great opera stages. Yet Wilson, who grew up in Naperville, is only now making her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut this season in "Il trovatore" ("The Troubadour"). "A lot of my family and friends from the suburbs would go, 'Are you sure you're an opera singer? Because...

“Festa Del Vino,” the Italian American Cultural Club’s annual wine-tasting fundraiser, was held Friday evening at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. The event included various wines, Italian food and biscotti, a “Pot of Gold,” an Italian (Chinese) auction, a silent auction and a door prize. Proceeds support the club’s scholarship program and summer...

Da Nuoro a Detroit, passando per Perugia, Roma e Tokyo. E già pronta, per l’ennesima volta, a ripartire. Ha stregato studenti e studentesse dell’università di Sassari, Maria Manca, 36 anni e una carriera diplomatica già avviata, coronata il 16 marzo del 2017 dalla nomina a Console d’Italia a Detroit, responsabile per gli stati dell’Indiana, Kentuck...

The Arcolian Dental Arts Society will honor Dr. Geri Ann DiFranco as Arcolian of the Year at the society’s annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at the Park Ridge Country Club. (847-304-4442). “Geri is a woman of outstanding ethical and moral character who exemplifies the society’s ideals of professionalism, education and service to the community,” say...