Met Opera ENCORE: “Rossini’s Semiramide,” a high definition re-broadcast from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance — its first in nearly 25 years — with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel...

Here is a quick quiz for the opera aficionado. The biggest opera house in Italy is in Milan, Venice or Palermo? Palermo?Yes, Milan’s La Scala may have more seats, and La Fenice in la Venezia is more venerable by a century, but Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is easily the biggest in Italy, a sprawling, 83,000-square-foot, neo-romantic edifice that dominat...

There’s no question that a list of classical music’s greatest hits would include several from Vivaldi. But that list likely would also include works by other composers of the Italian Baroque, including Scarlatti, Albinoni and many others. On Saturday, in Princeton, N.J., and Sunday, in Solebury, Bucks County, early music group La Fiocco will presen...

Native New Yorker Deana Martin is a multi-talented song-stylist, actress, best-selling author -- and a licensed pilot. She's also her father's daughter. "Deana Sings Dino" takes the stage Friday, April 20, at Lorenzo's Cabaret in the Hilton Garden Inn. If you haven't guessed by now, her famous father is the Dean Martin, the legendary charter member...

March 21st is Tiramisu Day. To celebrate Tiramisu Day Italian singer Giada Valenti gives away her new single Gracias A La Vida and a mini cookbook with 5 recipes for delicious Tiramisu. Fans can get the song and the recipe booklet by signing up on a special page: http://www.giadavalenti.com/tiramisuday. The campaign will run for week, from March 18...

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents "Il Pigmalione" & "Rita," a double-bill that spans the life and career of one of opera's premier Bel Cantocomposers, Gaetano Donizetti. The two works will be woven together to create a cohesive theatrical production featuring the talents of Javier Abreu (Pigmalione/Beppe), Angela Mortellaro (Galatea/Rita) and Ke...

Italian pop tenor and crossover artist Andrea Bocelli has scheduled a Dec. 8 concert at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.This will be Bocelli's first Pittsburgh appearance in 20 years. The four-time Grammy nominee will make stops in seven U.S. cities following the release of a new project. Other cities on the tour include Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, P...

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Lisa Dellarossa in Celebrating Lady Legends on July 25th, 2018. She brings you songs from lady crooners of yesterday and today featuring music from Judy, Liza, Barbara, Eydie, Bette, Shirley, Connie and more! Lisa brings back to life treasured selections that we've grown to love. Her range can...

A man who has been entertaining people in the Valley for 75 years celebrated a birthday on Thursday. Frank Gallo turned 90. Friends and fans gathered at The Manor in Austintown for a birthday celebration. Gallo started his entertainment career when he was just 15, playing with the United Mine Workers band in Pennsylvania. He played nightclubs in Yo...

There's a way of looking at Marina Costa-Jackson's operatic career as the most obvious development in the world. And there's a way of looking at it as a fairly improbable destination. The soprano makes her Utah Opera debut in a joint production that finds her playing Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, but sh...