Nina Pane Sanseverino recalled as New Haven Italian-American cultural icon

Sep 15, 2021 130

BY: Mark Zaretsky

Some might say Nina Pane Sanseverino sang like an angel — in Italian and English — for decades before she become one. Pane Sanseverino, one of Greater New Haven’s cultural gifts to the world, was both one of a kind and one of the last of a kind — an Italian-American cultural icon who for generations helped keep alive a style of Italian music known as “Canzone Napoletana.”

A lifelong New Haven resident — who kept the tradition of Neapolitan Night alive for decades both here and in East Haven — died Friday after a battle with cancer, according to her obituary. Pane Sanseverino was the second-generation scion of a legendary musical family known in Neapolitan music circles on both sides of the Atlantic.

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