After a 10-year hiatus, one of the greatest operas in the repertoire returns to the stage of the Valentine Theatre next weekend as the Toledo Opera Association brings Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork Rigoletto to life. Considered by many to be Verdi’s finest work, Rigoletto is a story of lust, betrayal, and la maledizione — “the curse.”  The opera, firs...

The first anthological exhibition on Tito Schipa's musical life and career was held in 2017 in Bari (Puglia), in the Castello Svevo. For the first time, relics and documents, public and private, loaned by the Schipa family and the Schipa - Carluccio Archive in Lecce, have been exhibited as testimony to the art and prodigious career of he who is now...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 18:30. Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza), San Francisco (CA). Free admission | RSVP. The Verdi Festival is the first international festival dedicated exclusively to the study and production of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, the most represented composer and celebrated ambassador of the I...

Stefani’s got style! Lady Gaga is currently traveling the globe for her Joanne World Tour, and it’s clear the Italian American pop star is embracing her roots while in Milan, Italy. The 31-year-old performer has sported a series of chic styles while in Italy, each more glamorous than the next. First she shared a shot of herself to Instagram on Wedn...

What the world needs now is another cat video. Seriously. The combination of cats and the music of Nicolo Paganini was just an idea purring in the head of violinist Augustin Hadelich until he met director Paul Glickman and animator Tam King (the team behind the animated short El Salón México). Together they've come up with Fantasia Dei Gatti (Fanta...

When:Monday, January 29, 2018 From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm - Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008  On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, invite you...

Some may find it ironic that one of Alan Aurelia's personal interests is visual arts, given his celebrated reputation for spreading joy with the sounds of music. Aurelia is music director of the Richmond County Orchestra (RCO), which he founded, and holds other musical posts in an array of different genres, including: founder, artistic director and...

When the people who program Spoleto Festival USA sit down to figure out what to present each year, they don’t typically aim to fit the festival into a thematic mold. They solicit artists they admire and take what they can get. Still, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of looking for themes or trends once the program is announced. This time ar...

At the end of last year, top-shelf San Francisco reissue label Superior Viaduct rereleased the first three albums by Sicilian-born musician Franco Battiato. His name might not ring a bell for many Americans, but in Italy, Battiato’s something of a legend: an avant-garde pioneer who became a mainstream superstar. Perhaps the overall appeal of his ou...

It’s always nice to think about taking a trip to Italy, and not just because that country is so much warmer than Maryland has been in recent weeks. You can take a vicarious trip to Italy thanks to the Howard County Concert Orchestra’s “La Dolce Vita!” concert on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City. This s...