by Warren Boroson    New Jersey has had its share of famous singers. Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughn.   Opera singers, too. Frederica von Stade, Barbara Bonney, Richard Crooks, Dorothy Kirstin, Paul Robeson (he did occasionally sing opera). And now...James Valenti, born in...

By Roy Proctor Richmond will launch its 2013-14 opera season with two salutes in honor of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday. Virginia Beach-based Lyric Opera Virginia will commence its four-event season this month with "Viva Verdi!" a program of Verdi scenes, in the Oates Theater at the Collegiate School.   Read more  ...

By Donna Doherty   They might be teenagers, but they sing the kinds of songs that bring moms and daughters to concerts together, and they do so well enough to capture the attention of Barbra Streisand, who invited the Italian trio to sing with her on her 2012 tour.   Il Volo, which appropriately means "the flight," has skyrocketed to...

By Charles T. Downey The narrators of songs can be such complainers. Luca Pisaroni's recital Friday night, presented by Vocal Arts D.C. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, brought together a program of songs, half in Italian and half in German and all dramatic.   The nature of the music can make the words seem more or less sincere, but t...

The Wagnerian Ring Cycle is dark and moody and takes patience and study to understand. Contrast it with the typical Italian operas that are light and bright like the Italian cities and countryside where they take place. The characters in a Rossini opera are all recognizable, albeit a tad exaggerated, and we understand well their parts in the play....

A New York, per le celebrazioni del Giorno del Ricordo, che quest'anno รจ scalato di un mese causa maltempo, dopo la commemorazione e il dibattito all'Istituto Italiano di Cultura, il Consolato ha ospitato la proiezione del documentario di Chiara Barbo e Andrea Magnani, prodotto da Pilgrim Film con il supporto dell'Ambasciata americana a Roma, dal t...

Onesti Entertainment will continue its yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birthday with a hallmark performance by his son on Nov. 11 at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles.   In stories, photos and videos, Frank Sinatra Jr. will deliver first-hand recollections of life on and off stage with his iconic father in "S...

by Lesley Abravanel Pomellato jewelry hosted a special fundraiser for Baptist Health South Florida at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Residences on Wednesday at which Andrea Bocelli sang for an hour for an intimate group of 75.   Bocelli's mother was seen in the audience, patting her heart as she was clearly moved and emotional during his per...

By Mauro Battocchi The San Francisco Opera company has announced an ambitious calendar of ten operas this season, up from eight last year.   Included from the Italian opus will be Vincenzo Bellini's Norma (Sep 5 - 30, 2014), Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (Oct 4 - 22, 2014), Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Nov 9 -26, 2014), Marco...

By Nancy Gilson On a sultry Saturday afternoon, Alessandro Siciliani stood at the front of an old church in the University District, directing the principal singers in a rehearsal of the 125-year-old opera Cavalleria rusticana. Despite the heat, he waved his baton, jumped, stomped a foot and hummed along during some of the most dramatic momen...