Happy birthday to Tony Bennett, whose name lives on at Bennett Studios in Englewood. The famed singer is turning 91 on Thursday, Aug. 3. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he deve...

The Italian guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu performed a guitar recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, July 14 to a full and appreciative audience. Porqueddu has occupied himself in the past years with the Herculean task of recording the complete works of Barrios, the complete solo works of Angelo Gilardino as well as massive survey...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Auditions take place on Wedne...

Since 1997, the Fall River Sons of Italy lodge has consistently awarded financial scholarships to the children and/or grandchildren of existing members of the local lodge, whose ranks have grown impressively over the last 20 years. The generous monetary awards have been given to deserving recipients in their “pursuit of higher education.” Last year...

To celebrate the 450° anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi‘s birth, the Italian cities of Cremona, where the famous composer comes from, Mantova and Venice will evoke  Monteverdi’s life and masterpieces within historical palaces, baroque churches and beautiful hidden gardens and courts. In what has been labelled the “year of Monteverdi“, which started...

For Luca Salsi, there is no composer better than Verdi. No one. Salsi, the Italian baritone, who is slated to sing the role of Amonasro at the Salzburg Festival starting in early August, has repeatedly professed that no composer in the history of Italian opera was able to fuse music and text with the same level of conviction and depth. And while he...

It’s known as Little Italy, and will soon be hosting a night to remember. In this historic parish, one can still feel the vibrations of a heritage brought by immigrants who settled around Mulberry Street. Come August 17, and the Shrine of the Most Precious Blood located here will fill up with renewed hope with the help of a musical concert, includi...

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington will be presenting "Aida," with music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. This opera is a new co-production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera. Princess Aida (played by Tamara Wilson), a young woman captured by the Egyptians, secretly loves m...

Saturday August 12 6 - 10 PM - American Italian Heritage Society - Omaha, NE - 5110 N 132nd St, Omaha 68164. Join il Palazzo for an Ode to the Rat Pack featuring Gooch and His Las Vegas Big Band! Start the night with a gourmet meal created by Chef Paul with an opening act by Aaron Shoemaker, and finish with the sultry renditons of Dean Martin, Fran...

Opera in the Italian Garden only started in 2008. Since then, the free Cultural Gardens concert has become one of the premier arts events of the summer. A little more than 200 people attended the concert the first year. Last year, attendance for a night of classical music and dance in the lovely garden had grown by tenfold. There were 2,473 attende...