If you're looking for an banjo-slinging Italian, look no further than Milwaukee's own Michael Rossetto, whose new CD, "Intermodal Blues," is out now on Minneapolis-based Shifting Paradigm Records. The nine songs on the record are genre-busting, with hints of Americana, Italian folk music, Spaghetti Western vibes, bluegrass and even rhythms that con...

Boheme Opera NJ is marking its 30th anniversary this season, and the regional opera company is not celebrating quietly. In this past weekend’s productions at the College of New Jersey’s Kendall Mainstage Theater, Boheme Opera NJ took on a blockbuster from a master of Italian dramatic opera in Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Aida. An opera in four acts...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce that it has donated $10,000 to support Unexpected Italy, as a series of performances showcasing the breadth and depth of Italy’s artistic and cultural contributions to the world. The performances, presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symp...

Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.. Schrott Center for the Arts (Butler University) - 610 W 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for children and students with a Butler ID. They can be purchased in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall Box Office or online. Butler Opera Theatre is prese...

Lorenzo da Ponte, born on March 10, 1749, would go on to become one of the great librettists in the history of opera. He was born Emanuele Conegliano, but when his father converted from Judaism to Catholicism to marry a Catholic woman, he took the name of Lorenza da Ponte. He studied at the Ceneda seminary and eventually moved to the seminary at Po...

Legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli announced today his December 2019 tour, kicking off in San Francisco, California, with additional stops in Las Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Andrea's performance in San Francisco will be a part of the official grand opening of the Chase Center and marks the first...

When: Tue, April 30, 2019, Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT - Where: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio, Chicago, IL. Many historic Italian singer-songwriters, or cantautori, wrote some of their most famous songs referencing, in a more or less explicit way, great books of world literature. Such artists as Vecchioni, Guccini, De Gregori, De André, and Baglio...

The story of Dick Biondi is unknown to many. I didn't know about it myself, but today there is who is working on a documentary that will tell all Americans, and in particular those of Italian origin, about the life and career of the number one DJ in the United States in the early '60s, the first ever to play the Beatles on an American radio.  Pamel...

Considered to be the most famous violin in the world by many, Niccolo Paganini's "Il Cannone" violin will be in Columbus for the first time in its history, from May 11-19. The violin will be at the Columbus Museum of Art during those days, and will part of a public performance by the Columbus Symphony on Wednesday, May 15th at the historic Ohio The...

The group of sixteen Italian musicians didn’t know what to think.  Their leader, Gaetano Carusi, had brought them to America, the land of promise.  But when they arrived in Washington their first thought must have been to go back home. The year was 1805 and Carusi himself described the capital city of the new republic as “a desert. A place containi...