Gina Ventresca Carano nacque a Pratola Peligna (AQ) il 23 aprile del 1912. Sin da piccola mostrò una straordinaria propensione per la musica e il canto in particolare. Emigrò con i suoi genitori per gli Stati Uniti. In America un'insegnante disse ai suoi "Vostra figlia è un prodigio. Merita di seguire il suo istinto musicale." Studiò, con eccellen...

In celebration of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday, the City of San Diego Public Library will offer a VERDIthon—a marathon screening of rarely seen Verdi operas on film on Thursday, October 10.   Two of Verdi's beloved operas: "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata" will be produced as feature length films and showcase some of the worl...

Award-winning singer and PBS/WNET and NY affiliates Host for Andrea Bocelli "Live From Central Park" and "Il Volo Takes Flight" CRISTINA FONTANELLI brings her program of Italy's best-loved songs, arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics during her 11th-Annual "Christmas In Italy" show at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday,...

Ennio Morricone's current world tour is billed as My Life in Music. For an 86-year-old with more than 500 film and television scores to his name, that's a lot of life and a lot of music.   It requires a lot of people, too: 86 members of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 76 singers from Hungary's Kodály Choir and a brace of soloists incl...

Big Latino acts such as Daddy Yankee and Don Omar should watch their backs, because David Ferrari is touring South Florida promoting his latest music video “In Miami.” Though he’s not a well-known artists in the Americas, Ferrari is a big deal in Europe, becoming the first-ever artist to record reggaeton in Italian language.   He was bo...

As part of its' celebration of Italian American month, the North HavenLibrary will look back at the musical career of Frank Sinatra with evening of songs and stories presented by local vocalist Rich Moran, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in the Library's community room. He will be backed by the trio of Judy Webber on piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and...

By Owen McNally   What the taste of a small rich cake called a madeleine was for triggering a famous flood of memories in French novelist Marcel Proust's classic "Remembrance of Things Past," the sound of the accordion is for the celebrated, Waterbury-born, avant-garde jazz composer/bassist and bandleader Mario Pavone in his latest, groundbr...

Introduced by Peter Gelb, General manager, Metropolitan Opera with the participation of Esward Smaldone, Director, Aaron Copland school of music. Giulio Gatti-Casazza (1869-1940) who was born in Udine, Italy was the beneficiary of extensive education at major universities as well Genoa's Naval School of Engineering. He left the world of engineering...

By Sandra Tornberg   Soprano Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi returned to Detroit to sing the role ofCio-Cio-San in the Michigan Opera Theatre's fabulous production of "Madame Butterfly" on November 21 and 23. Ms. D'Annunzio Lombardi gave a brilliant performance as the trusting and faithful fifteen-year-old former geisha who marries the shallow U....

The Las Vegas countdown to Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday got uncorked this weekend with a burst of nostalgia.   Comedy legend Jerry Lewis booked a table Saturday to hear British crooner Matt Goss sing Sinatra classics at Caesars Palace. Friday would have been Sinatra's 99th birthday. Lewis, who turns 89 in March, was reunited with Dean Mart...