For years, Lindy Hume, stage director of Seattle Opera's August production of Rigoletto, has been frustrated by the way opera celebrates misogyny through its "bad boy" characters. In beloved works such as Don Giovanni, Carmen, and Tosca, sopranos must rehearse how to fall, how to be stabbed, brutalized, and thrown across the room, behaviors they wo...

On April 23, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, Italy, appointed guitarist Beppe Gambetta an ambassador of the city. Gambetta was honored for representing Genoa all over the world, specifically in the U.S. Gambetta, who has performed in all 50 states, will perform for the first time at Pastorius Park on Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. He will be accomp...

Singer-songwriter Eros Ramazzotti, a popular figure in the Latin-music world, has rescheduled his U.S. concert tour, which he was forced to postpone following surgery on his vocal cords.  The U.S. leg of the tour will now begin in 2020. The dates first appeared on Ticketmaster on Friday, June 28. "I must stop and rehabilitate for two months," the I...

Anita Camarella and Davide Facchini Duo will be presenting an Evening of Italian Swing Music Friday at 8 p.m. at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse.  The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  Review for Anita Camarell and Davide Facchini: The original and beautiful Italian swin...

Gioachino Rossini is deservedly well-known for many an opera, however, he is also well-known for being one of those rare composers who actually retired from opera. His most ambitious opera “Guillaume Tell,” written in 1829, was also his last. Consequently, he had the luxury of spending over three decades in retirement in Paris at the prime of his l...

While the African American impact on jazz is recognized and well established, the contribution of Italian immigrants on jazz is not. Italians arrived in America playing mandolin, violin, guitar and piano. They brought traditions of Southern-Italian marching bands, opera and folk histories. Whether Neapolitan, Sicilian or Calabrese, they understood...

Giovanni Castiglione was walking through the concourse at Progressive Field with his family and friends when he was approached by two men who asked to take a photo with him. Castiglione, 16, sheepishly giggled and posed with the two gentlemen who were in their 40s. “Dude, you were awesome tonight. THAT’S the way the anthem is supposed to be sung,”...

Exactly 50 years to the day after the 1969 Stonewall uprising, pop icon and longtime LGBTQ advocate Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance outside the now-historic space. “I love you so, so much. Happy World Pride,” Gaga said as she took the stage in front of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who gathered for Pride Live’s St...

The Apollo 11 moon landing was 50 years ago, but the images of humans walking on the powdery lunar surface, the earth rising behind them, are every bit as awe-inspiring today as they were in 1969. In Matera, the city in Southern Italy that’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this powerful moment will come to life with the Apollo Soundtrack, a m...

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Festa della Musica was celebrated for the first time in Detroit.  The event was organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, with the collaboration of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, under the auspices of the Cons...