Following November’s well-received production of “Hansel and Gretel,” Regina Opera is preparing a fully-staged production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” one of the most poignant love stories ever written. It’s a tender vignette of youth, romance and grief among the impoverished artists of mid-19th century Paris. In the opera, the poet Rodolfo falls in l...

Italian music abroad is often reduced to old Neapolitan songs and the great lyrical tradition embodied by famous singers such as Luciano Pavarotti and, more recently, Andrea Bocelli. What many don’t know about is how rich and varied Italian music is today. Italy also has a long history of creative singer-songwriters who have shaped the country’s mu...

While working on “Otello” and “Falstaff,” his final two operas, the composer Giuseppe Verdi tucked dozens of pages of musical drafts and sketches into folders, scribbling on their covers: “Burn these papers.” Fortunately, his heirs never carried out those orders. But for years, scholars have complained that for all the access they had to them, thos...

Patricia McBride Lousada, who was a founding member of New York City Ballet and interpreter of some of George Balanchine’s seminal early works and who later became a noted cookbook author, died on Jan. 8 in London. She was 89. The cause was a heart attack she had while riding her bicycle, her daughter Carla Capalbo said. Ms. Lousada danced under th...

Frank Sinatra’s 1954 Oscar, one of the Rat Pack ringleader’s most cherished possessions, has gone home. After a 10-year stay at Encore in Las Vegas, the gold statuette has been returned to his family. It no longer greets diners at a Steve Wynn-created restaurant named after Sinatra. Wynn acquired it as part of a rare loan arrangement with the singi...

Opera’s most tempestuous tale of love, deception and political intrigue—“Tosca”—comes alive in Madison on Sunday, February 24th as New Jersey Festival Orchestra and award winning soloists perform Puccini’s passionate and beautiful music in its full glory. Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca one of opera’s most breathtaking maste...

Alvise Casellati is president and music director of “Opera Italiana is in the Air,” a new concept for free, outdoor opera concerts in select U.S. cities. With the series underway in New York’s Central Park, Casellati is bringing a performance to Miami’s Regatta Park this April, casting Miami professionals in plumb first roles. The repertoire will f...

It can be hard sometimes to discern the actual qualities of the singing in modern and contemporary vocal music. The concept of the voice as a pure instrument and not a means for delivering a song — combined with avant-garde and extended techniques that carry the music farther into abstraction — will obscure how well a singer, you know, sings. As in...

Ciao from Rome, Happy 2019! We want to share with you a few numbers regarding our 2018. During last year we've promoted 7,427 news (1,892 of the about Italy, the other ones about something Italian in the US); published 198 articles in the 12 issues of our Magazine; done 24 interviews; published one yearbook (about the 2017 interviews). Our archive...

Politics is a show, and every country has its favorite. The United States is bringing on yet another Hollywood classic (the aging action hero, the desert, the border, the money). France is offering its periodic re-enactment of its Revolution, with gilets jaunes replacing sans-culottes. Germany’s national orchestra is saying goodbye to an exhausted...