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...

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 6:30 PM. Location: IIC (Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, San Francisco) Organized by: IIC To illustrate the theme of this year's Italian Language Week, which is "The Italian of Music, the Music of Italian", Kip Cranna from the San Francisco Opera and Marina Romani from UC Berkeley will give a talk ab...

By Gretchen WingWe've seen it with jazz, rock, and hip-hop: musicians around the world pick up the American sound and run with it, and we're flattered. But Italian bluegrass? Never fear: Beppe Gambetta is a master innovator of the acoustic guitar, and the music he brings to Lopez Community Center on Sept.25 at 7 p.m. will dazzle bluegrass and world...