Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 18:30. Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza), San Francisco (CA). Free admission | RSVP. The Verdi Festival is the first international festival dedicated exclusively to the study and production of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, the most represented composer and celebrated ambassador of the I...

Some may find it ironic that one of Alan Aurelia's personal interests is visual arts, given his celebrated reputation for spreading joy with the sounds of music. Aurelia is music director of the Richmond County Orchestra (RCO), which he founded, and holds other musical posts in an array of different genres, including: founder, artistic director and...

Years before a tragic earthquake reduced much of the city to rubble, I was invited to L’Aquila in the Italian province of Abruzzo to take part in, of all things, a festival of Canadian music. Organized in part through the good offices of Toronto artists manager Ann Summers Dossena, the festival logically featured a number of Canadian artists, among...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera holds open auditions for singers during January to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition. Auditions take place on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, and 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The auditions...

Following his successful premiere on PBS in 2015, Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito returns to American Public Television with another exciting musical and virtual tour-de-force. Pasquale Esposito travels to his native Italy to share with viewers the magic and history of Italy's most picturesque and romantic piazzas - and the beautiful music that the...

With “operatic” now a synonym for excessive grandiosity, and the demanding diva de rigueur for any opera, it is easy to forget the primal, visceral nature of the early years of the art. To paraphrase what is said in the fascinating new Broadway play “Farinelli and the King,” which opened here Sunday night, opera once was a much dirtier business. No...

What links the opening of Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull and the climax of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Godfather film trilogy? The answer is music – specifically Italian opera. Both film sequences use the orchestral Intermezzo from the 1890 hit opera Cavalleria rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni. The misty, atmospheric, slow-motion opening c...

In the sixteenth-century, the splendor of the Renaissance blossomed across Italy as a new Holy Roman Empire stretched its wings from the Urals to the Atlantic. This special  brings listeners wonderful sixteenth-century Christmas music from the Venetian world of Giovanni Bassano and Gioseffo Zarlino, moving westward to the Milan of Franchinus Gaffur...

A wise man of opera once said in my hearing, testifying to the enduring emotional impact of Puccini: “When I no longer cry at ‘Boheme,’ I quit.” The same should be said of “La Fanciulla del West,” from “Ch’ella mi creda” to the end – and so it is with Lillian Groag’s production that opened on Nov. 10 at the Virginia Opera in Norfolk, with performan...

“Have my music performed” Fate risuonare le mie musiche. Domenica, 17 Dicembre, 2017 ore 20.00. Stern Auditorium / CARNEGIE HALL. PRESENTATO DA ACE srls http://www.acemilano.com/it Aldo Finzi (1897 – 1945) è stato un grande compositore italiano and è internazionalmente riconosciuto come uno dei più importanti musicisti della storia, un “Maestro” me...