By Kelly Dean Hansen "Rigoletto," Giuseppe's 1851 score based on a play by Victor Hugo, is the quintessential 19th century Italian opera. It has so many elements associated with the genre at its finest that even Verdi never again quite achieved such a synthesis.   Its musical and dramatic scope set a new standard for the composer and for th...

Ca' d'Oro, the gallery that made their grand appearance in 2010 with the iconic larger than life pink snails during Art Basel Miami Beach, has recently relocated from Coral Gables to the epicenter of luxury, the 4141 Building in the Design District.   In conjunction with Giuseppe Verdi's Bicentennial and as a celebration, Ca' d'Oro Gallery w...

The Capitol Heights Lyric Opera Ensemble of New York City will present a program of Italian love songs at the Clarence Dillon Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 6. The program will begin at 2 pm. Great opera arias of Verdi and Puccini as well as Neapolitan ballads will be performed by three members of the Ensemble.   The program will take place...

The familiar melodies of Giuseppe Verdi filled the historic opera house July 11 on opening night of Central City Opera's 2015 summer festival. It was a dressed-down audience for the 83rd season opener, as the Yellow Rose Ball and presentation of the flower girls took place earlier on June 27 instead of the traditional opening night formal affa...

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PMMonastero's Ristorante & Banquets - 3935 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL Featuring: *A Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Baritone Tito Gobbi, the Godfather of the Bel Canto Foundation, given by his daughter Cecilia Gobbi, Guest of Honor from Rome*A Salute to the Bicentennial of Gius...

"La Traviata" is one of the world's most performed opera for a reason: With its memorable melodies and its heartbreaking love story, it will make you cry. Virginia Opera will stage a new spin on Giuseppe Verdi's tragic love story about a beautiful courtesan who falls in love and dies of tuberculosis. Performed in Italian with English subtit...

Parma-based Artemis Danza, one of the most beloved dance companies in Italy, makes it United States debut with its highly acclaimed production of "Traviata" at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th Street, for one performance Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.   Under the leadership of Monica Casadei, the company's acclaimed a...

October 15 (Thursday) 6:30 pmThe city of Milan was an important location during the life of Giuseppe Verdi, however not without its contradictions. The Conservatory of Music which bears his name denied him entry as a young student. After five early opera premieres, he shunned La Scala for 36 years. Yet, Casa Ricordi, the famous publishing house, di...

Tiziano Thomas Dossena, Editorial Director of L'Idea Magazine, recently gave a presentation titled "Viva Verdi" at the celebrations of the Italian Heritage Month, in the auditorium of St. Athanasius Church in Brooklyn.   The presentation proved to the large audience there is a common, everyday knowledge of Verdi's works by the average Americ...

In the early 19th Century, Italy was essentially a "geographical expression," a patchwork of principalities spread across islands and peninsulas, dominated by foreign powers. By century's end it had united as the independent Kingdom of Italy, its people citizens of a modern nation with an emerging common culture and language. The great Giuseppe Ver...