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...

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...

Conductor, composer and pianist Dr. Emanuele Andrizzi caps his emails with the declaration of another Italian artist, World War I-era writer Gabriele D’Annunzio: “Ama il tuo sogno se pur ti tormenta,” or “Love your dream even though it torments you.” It’s a refreshing tonic to the somewhat mushy 21st-Century mantra “do what you love.” And it define...

The Rossini Opera Festival has chosen to present “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a production by Pier Luigi Pizzi as its third major offering this August. Considering that this opera has appeared all over the world in the first half of this year (as reported by Rossini150 social media), it may at first seem a strange choice. Can there be such a thing...

Those who experienced Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the Harriman-Jewell Series in 2015 or 2017 know that when Muti is on the podium, it’s more than a concert. It’s a spiritual experience. This month, Muti will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a conductor. He has had a remarkable career, including serving as principal c...

“Ariodante” will be on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opera is by  George Frideric Handel, it is sung in Italian with projected English translations. “Ariodante” is an opera seria presented in three acts. The Italian libretto was based on a work by Antonio Salvi. It is adapted from Canti 5 and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Each act...

His soccer team had just lost a big game and had repaired to a bar when Bonaldo Giaiotti, a 20-year-old furniture design apprentice, tried to clear the melancholy in the air by imitating a Russian operatic bass he had heard on the radio. A member of the chorus from the local opera, near Udine, in northeastern Italy, was there and took note. He sugg...

Anna Moffo, born on June 27, 1932, enjoyed one of the most varied opera careers in history. The American-born soprano studied in Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship and would immediately become a TV sensation in her 20s when she appeared on RAI as Cio-Cio San in “Madama Butterfly.” That was followed by more TV productions in “Falstaff” and “La Sonnamb...

The opera-themed film In the Mouth of the Wolf is set to be shown in Bolton Landing on Monday, June 25th, at 7:30 pm. This opening selection of the Sembrich Summer Film Series will be presented at Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lake Shore Drive, and is open free and open to the public. This documentary, virtually unseen since first being shown on U.S. t...

This fall, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Operaopens the season with Vincenzo Bellini's tragic lyric opera,Norma, performed in two acts.  Soprano Renata Scotta, known for her performances of Norma in the 1980s, called the lead role the "Everest of Opera" (The New York Times on September 20, 2017).  "Singing the role of Norma is the holy grai...