Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born. The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments a...

Award-winning Italian singer Laura Pausini will be on Thursday become Goodwill Ambassador of an agency said in a statement on Wednesday, calling her 'a role model both on and off stage'. "Laura's amazing music reaches millions of people around the world, people from all cultures, countries, religions and regions," said Director David Beasley, an ex...

Singer Giada Valenti, known for her stunning music special on PBS entitled “From Venice With Love, is inviting her fans to join her on a romantic trip she is organizing, May 19-27, to Venice and a part of the Veneto region. The in Venice born songstress writes passionately, almost every week, about the special things of her beautiful hometown on so...

After his last appearance four years ago, Maestro Riccardo Frizza is returning to the Bay Area for his fourth collaboration with the San Francisco Opera. This season he will be conducting Donizetti's iconic Roberto Devereux, from September 8th to the 27th, 2018. His previous productions include Lucrezia Borgia in 2011, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in 2...

It is common to think of musical instruments as immutable. In reality, musical instruments are constantly evolving and improving. The mandolin in particular has undergone a surprising evolution, which, from its baroque beginnings to its modern form, has seen changes in aspects such as its shape, wood type, ropes, and plectrums. From the flat top an...

The Michéal Castaldo concert held at St. Barnabas Church in Bayville last month raised $4500 for the church, and the parishioners were thrilled to meet and take photos with him after the show. Castaldo’s Sacred Sounds and Italian Spiritual Songs—A Traditional Italian Spiritual Concert featured classic Italian songs of faith from his chart-topping b...

Coming off a triumphant Father’s Day weekend on Oakley Avenue, Ron Onesti is gearing up for a pair of blockbuster Italian-themed summer fests in August. Onesti Entertainment’s Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino was another runaway success, attracting more than 20,000 attendees with its irresistible combination of headline entertainment, authentic cuisi...

Finally Washingtonian jazz enthusiasts will get a chance to experience a live performance by two of the most interesting talents of Italian music: Giovanni Guidi (piano) and Gianluca Petrella (trombone), presenting the album “Soupstar”, a name that reflects the improvisational alchemy between their instruments. The concert will allow us to discover...

What a fascinating story behind this dance! Just think: the famed Tarantella gained its first step from a ritual-like practice that involved escaping the sting of a spider. It gained its name from whence it came — Taranto, Italy — where the wolf spiders (tarantulas) scampered around in droves. The rituals go back to the 1400s, when the afflicted we...

Schola Italica, in collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Milano, sta selezionando laureandi, laureati e professionisti per partecipare alla Summer School "Made in Italy / Made by Italics. Italic Culture in Art, Music, Fashion, Design and Gastronomy". Si tratta di un percorso formativo residenziale finalizzato ad approfondire le peculiarità...