The first American singer to perform at New York's famed Metropolitan Opera House without European training was Rosa Ponselle. Born Rosa Ponzillo in Connecticut, "the Cinderella of Opera," made her debut at the Met in 1918 when she was 21 in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, opposite Enrico Caruso after being discovered in vaudeville.   She play...

  WTI Magazine #60    2015 May, 15Author : IACE      Translation by:   For the last three consecutive years the Italian American Committee on Education Summer Program has enjoyed a residency in the medieval town of Narni, province of Terni, in southern Umbria. Through close collaboration with the Narni Arts Academy and its Artistic Director, pia...

His friends knew him as Rico Pace, but his official name was Americo Pace, his parents' tribute to their adopted country. Pace showed his love of his country in many ways, from serving in World War II to spending his retirement years volunteering at his church, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and at the state Capitol.   "He lived...

by Christopher Brooks   In the dark, earthen tones of its ocher walls and faux-brick paneling, Bin 300 World Bistro in Wolcott exudes something of the ambience of Amsterdam's famous brown cafes. That is no easy feat, as structurally the space for the restaurant, which opened in 2007, still bears traces of its earlier inhabitant, an A &a...

Always around the 50 States searching for traces of Italy, today our trip stops in Connecticut. Among the things important to remember about Italians in Connecticut, we cannot fail to mention Ella T. Grasso: the daughter of Italian immigrant parents, in 1975 she was the first female to be elected governor of a US state (all three previous female go...

by Roberto Bongo Our festival has been a source of good food and heritage in Danbury for over twenty years. This year's event will not only have the great authentic Italian food but rides for the children as well. Roberto Bongo explains, "We are proud of our heritage and show it through our preparation of our foods. We came to America to make a be...

Author Anthony V. Riccio will discuss his latest book Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut. For updates and additional speaking events please visit www.anthonyriccio.com   MAY• May 3rd, Saturday at 2:00, Hagaman Library, East Haven• May 5th, Monday at 7:00, BACIO, Bridgeport Area Cultural Italian Organization,...

The Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven returns to North Haven on Sunday.   The parade annually rotates through East Haven, New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford and North Haven. Thousands across the state are expected to converge on North Haven to watch and take part in the festivities.  ...

The Hartford Columbus Day parade is planned for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning at D&D Plaza at Franklin Avenue and Adelaide Street. The parade will travel south on Franklin Avenue and conclude at Columbus Park. The Italian American Celebration and Parade Committee, which is behind the city's Columbus Day observances, said the parade will i...

John DeStefano Jr. took over as mayor of New Haven in January 1994, assuming the helm of a city overwhelmed by economic woes and soaring crime rates. Blighted proper­ties dotted the city like pox on skin. Escalating violence had spilled over from the dilapidated buildings on the edge of town into the downtown district.   The Yale campus was...