Why is the opera La bohème still so culturally relevant to modern audiences? While the Bohemian lifestyle of Paris in the 1830’s was the spark for the opera by Puccini, the cultural influence of that earlier movement continues until the present in more modern forms like Boho (short for Bohemian). Why is this opera one of the top 5 most popular oper...

Last Sunday, the final for the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan's Italian Songs And Arias Vocal Competition took place. This competition is considered as the state’s top singing competition for high school classical and opera vocalists. Former winners, such as Michael Fabiano and Caitlin Lynch, are today performing with opera companies in prestigiou...

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a musical performance by Vanessa Racci. Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 PM. Light Refreshments Will Be Served Ring in Spring with a fresh serving of Italian American Classics from Museum member and vocalist, Vanessa Racci. Joining last August, Vanessa Racci is bringing her swinging, 5 piece band...

When: May 22nd at 7pm - Where: St. John's University, D'Angelo Center, Room 416A, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439. Sponsored by ARBA Sicula. The event is FREE and open to the public. Rosa Tatuata presents a concert of the Folk and Roots Music of Sicily with a special guest performance of la Scherma in stile Sanataria by Maestro Giuseppe Bona...

The name Stradivarius has become a byword for quality and prestige, with string instruments crafted by the Italian family often selling for more than £10 million. But a new study suggests that today’s concert audiences actually prefer the sound of newer instruments. Violinists often claim that Old Italian models are better at carrying over a full o...

When: Saturday, May 20 at 8:00pm - Where: The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY The Italian songstress will take her audience on a romantic journey performing American and Italian hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and recent songs. Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, pays tribute to iconic female singers like Karen Carpenter, Edith...

The air inside Carroll’s Restaurant is usually filled with the smells of high-end seafood and pasta dishes. But on Wednesday, May 10, something else will be in the air — the sounds of fine Italian music. Renowned vocalist Frank Zarba will appear at Carroll’s for a concert inside the intimate setting, a night that he promises will offer something fo...

Ranking among today's leading conductors, Carlo Rizzi's vast repertoire ranges from the foundation works of the operatic and symphonic canon to rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He is in high demand as a guest artist at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, not least for the insight and integrity of his musicianship and the...

The Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation, winner of Sister Cities International's award for Best Overall Program, brought tenor, Gianni Coletta, from Highland Park's sister city, Modena, Italy to Highland Park to participate in Focus on the Arts and perform at a variety of other concerts. Coletta was honored at a dinner sponsored by the Modenese...

Oh boy, another musical soldier has left us. His name was Dick Contino, and he was a true "rock star" of his day. Many times in this column, you have read about '60s folk icons, '70s classic rockers or '80s hair band heroes. Not this time, however. This time, it's about a guy who made his way to superstardom with an accordion strapped around his ne...