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The University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble will present "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," a whimsical romp filled with operatic favorites and comic surprises. Robert Breault, who directs the program, said the bill of fare is a musical smorgasbord that includes food-themed selections such as "Les Poissons" from "The Little Mermaid," "Be Our Gues...

Families traditionally gather around the table during the holiday season. Tradition for the Zoppé family, however, means gathering around the circus ring. The Zoppé Family Circus, founded in Italy in 1842 by Napoleone and Ermengilda Zoppé, has been passed down through the generations and still is going strong. It starts an 11-day run Wednesday, De...

by Brett Campbell   More than half a century before Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, Clint Eastwood et al brought us an Italian view of the American West's good/bad old days, New York's Metropolitan Opera asked famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini to make a new opera from a play of the Gold Rush days.   The March 14 and 16 performance...

Not every neighborhood Italian restaurant can claim a world-class musician as its owner — but Giuseppe's on 28th in Central Phoenix can. For nine years, owner Richard Bock was the principal cellist for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy.   And if that's not impressive enough, he played with the Phoenix Symphony for 24 seasons,...

By Doug Knoop   "Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style," a new series featuring Italian filmmakers, begins Thursday, Jan. 7, with "Il Grido/The Cry," Michelangelo Antonioni's 1957 drama about a sugar-refinery worker (Steve Cochran) who is rejected by his lover (Alida Valli). The series continues with "L'Avventura" (Jan. 14), "I Fidanzati/The Fianc...

The USA Men's Senior National Team opened up their three game series with the Italian National Team battling to a 10-10 tie earlier today at Newport Harbor High School. Italy battled back from second half deficits of 8-4 and 10-7 to force the draw.   John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) and Bret Bonanni(Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford...

The Las Vegas countdown to Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday got uncorked this weekend with a burst of nostalgia.   Comedy legend Jerry Lewis booked a table Saturday to hear British crooner Matt Goss sing Sinatra classics at Caesars Palace. Friday would have been Sinatra's 99th birthday. Lewis, who turns 89 in March, was reunited with Dean Mart...

by Paul Rogers   "If God would have a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." So said Las Vegas headliner Celine Dion of the celebrated Italian tenor with whom she dueted on the 1999 hit single "The Prayer."   Bocelli, whose 80 million albums sold worldwide make him the best-selling classical music solo artist of all...

For many families in Europe, viagra attending the circus around Christmastime is an annual tradition. Arizona families can share in the custom thanks to the Zoppe Family Circus show in Chandler. During its "Ricominciare" themed circus show from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, the sixth-generation family circus will give...

The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 2016 season a performance from soprano Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco and the Salem High School Orchestra at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Salem High School, 77 Wilson St. Maniscalco-Giovinco will perform a selection of opera arias by Puccini, Massenet and others. Maniscalco-Giovinco, an Italian-American soprano...

In the summer of 2015, Gavin Wilkinson sat in a hotel lobby in Buenos Aires, sipping coffee as he listened to Lucas Melano talk energetically about the prospect of joining the Portland Timbers.   It was the first time that the Timbers general manager had met the young Argentine striker face-to-face, though he had seen Melano play in person a...

by Kurt Kragthrope   Tony Lazzeri rounded the bases and ran into an overwhelming welcome. Lazzeri's Salt Lake Bees teammates greeted him after a game-winning home run, and then the celebration rose to another level.   Many fans among the sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bonneville Park on a Sunday afternoon in 1925 watched the first ga...