IN THE MOOD IN OUR OWN WAY: a documentary written, produced, directed and narrated by LUCA MARTERA, edited by CARLA BRANDOLINI, linguistic consultant and additional voice narration FRANK PISATURO. A Sexual Radar Production, 2018 https://vimeo.com/296585302 From the ancient Italian tradition of the Great Opera Houses to the Neapolitan melodies of 20...

Saturday September 15, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Patsy's Restaurant - 236 West 56th Street, Manhattan, NY. Admission: $80; open to the public. Contact: Bill Ronayne 718-338-8662 wjronayne@optonline.net Sponsored by Mario Lanza Society of New York. A gala afternoon to benefit the Mario Lanza Museum. In addition to enjoying a wonderful 3 course lunch, one will...

Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born. The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments a...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

Walls of the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum, located on the first floor of the Columbus House at 712 Montrose St., have slowly muted and dated. However, some individuals are brushing dust off the memorabilia — and memory — of the prolific opera vocalist and film star. In December, after the merged parish of St.Paul and St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi...

06/15/2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET - Westchester Italian Cultural Center - 1 Generoso Pope Pl, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE A one hour audiovisual presentation on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority Bill Ronayne. The presentation includes rare early private recordings and radio...

Italian opera is a musical art form that had its beginnings in Florence in the late 1500s. It was based on a number of performance genres that preceded it, including Greek drama, poems sung by a solo vocalist with single instrument backing and madrigals (a capella singing by 3-6 harmonizing vocalists).   The earliest known opera composition...

For nearly a century, the tantalizing recorded voice of the Italian crooner has touched the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Modern-day troubadours, such as Bocelli carry on this recorded musical tradition, a tradition that began when Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) made his first gramophone recording in Milan, Italy, in 1903.   The European rec...

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Philadelphia (PA), Venice Performing Arts & Recreation Center 1 Rector St   The Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra in partnership with the State Lodge of Pennsylvania (Order Sons of Italy in America) presents a concert as part of the month-long, city-wide Ciao Philadelphia festival. During the fir...

MSSU is celebrating the "Italy Semester" and MSSU's long-running radio show "Southern Serenade" is featuring Italian–American tenor Mario Lanza from a new Sony 2-disc CD release on the evening of a Mario Lanza movie marathon on TV's Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel.   Born in Philadelphia in 1921, Alfredo Arnold Cocozza became Mario Lanza...