The topic we are addressing this time, among the many that trace the relationship between Italy and the United States from different angles, concerns Italian opera and the Italian Americans. Professor Davide Ceriani is a musicologist who teaches at Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ). A few months ago, he gave a multimedia presentation at the Library...

The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater by Norman Mathews is one man’s tale of a harrowing journey to a fulfilling life in music, theater, and love. Growing up in a loving Sicilian-American family (his real name is Ignazio Norman Cangelosi) in Rockford, Illinois, deeply shaped his future. The book traces an arc from his grandparents' de...

The Academy Awards confirmed Friday that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform their A Star Is Born hit “Shallow” at the February 24th ceremony. The duet is nominated in the Best Original Song category. The Oscars’ announcement comes less than a week after Gaga and Cooper performed the song together – as themselves and not their Star Is Born ch...

In the Passo Paradiso winter sports station at an altitude of 2,600 metres (8,500 feet), instruments still at times spontaneously implode due to the brittleness of the ice, but less frequently. And when they do, it’s not altogether a lost cause. “Then you know you’re as close to the edge of ice music as you can get,” Linhart said. Here, the artist...

“Barezzi’s house, on the great market’s square, was one of the most important in Busseto; above the warehouses on the ground floor, the family had its home – which included a spacious room where the Philharmonic Society met to rehears, two or three times a week. Signor Barezzi […] indeed was not only a good businessman, but most importantly a great...

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm - Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008 During the 15th century, Italian villas witnessed an incredible transformation, going from fortified country houses to places of entertainment and leisure, and in the process, experiencing deep remodeling during this tra...

Ciao Francesco, parlaci di te. “Dopo la laurea all’università di Torino sono arrivato negli Stati Uniti con una Fulbright Fellowship. Fui destinato in un college di arti liberali del Connecticut, posto molto gradevole. Poi mi sono trasferito a Baltimora dove ho preso il dottorato alla Johns Hopkins University. La mia prima cattedra è stata poi in C...

Alignment is key. Whether it’s about car wheels, shakras, or humor, it’s essential that elements designed to work together be arranged so that they complement and build upon individual virtues and needs, rather than clash in opposition. The humor in Minnesota Opera’s The Italian Straw Hat does not align with what I want as an audience person. My ed...

A seductive love story, political drama and a mix of historical figures will all come together 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and 8-9 in the Musical Arts Center’s first opera of the semester, “Giulio Cesare.” This Italian opera, set in 48 B.C. ancient Egypt, tells the story of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.  Caesar is attempting to add Egypt to the Roman Empire....

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Musicologist Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University, will lead this discussion, presented on the occasion of Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, February 16 - March 22, 2019.