Just recently I was  watching the quirky and highly interesting Belgian television series, Professor T.  In the US this series is shown in the original language, Flemish, with English subtitles. Imagine my surprise when in the midst of a dramatic scene, suddenly and totally unexpectedly, the soundtrack regaled us with the haunting sounds of Roberto...

Cio-Cio-San, a captivating geisha in Nagasaki, marries B. F. Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant. For him, it's a lark, a diversion before he marries a "real" American wife. For her, it's a life-altering commitment that's briefly blissful, then disastrous: her family renounces her and Pinkerton leaves Japan. When he returns a few years later, h...

A 16 anni era tra gli spet­ta­to­ri del­lo sto­ri­co Ma­kum­ba a bal­la­re al rit­mo del roc­ka­bil­ly del suo ido­lo Tav Fal­co alla sua pri­ma ap­pa­ri­zio­ne in Si­ci­lia. Era l’e­po­ca del­la Ca­ta­nia che so­gna­va di di­ven­ta­re la Seat­tle ita­lia­na. Sul pal­co, poco pri­ma del­l’ar­ti­sta ame­ri­ca­no si era­no sca­te­na­ti i Bop­pin’ Kid...

Saturday January 11. 7:30 pm. St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037. The San Diego Early Music Society is proud to present the long anticipated San Diego debut of the award-winning Concerto Italiano under the direction of renowned harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini. Concerto Italiano will perform music of Corel...

Park Avenue Armory will embark on the eighth year of its Recital Series, a series of intimate chamber music performances in the austerely elegant Board of Officers, intended to continue the salon tradition of chamber music performances. The 2020 Recital Series will open with two performances by young Italian soprano Rosa Feola, Monday evening, Janu...

Enrico Caruso was born in Naples Italy in 1873 into a working class neighborhood. His father was a mechanic who expected his son to follow his trade. His mother objected and he was sent to be educated where his clear angelic voice was discovered in a church choir, and his singing career was born. Whether or not you are Italian or an opera buff, the...

Like many celebrated musicians, Barbara Strozzi has a Facebook page with thousands of followers. Though in this, her 400th birthday year, she’s hardly a household name like Beethoven or Mozart, the page is active with announcements of concerts, album releases and articles. Named “la virtuosissima cantatrice” — the most dazzling singer — by a contem...

The year was 1960. John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for president, and the civil rights movement was gaining traction. Frankie Avalon, Elvis Presley and The Drifters topped the charts. And a crooner from Bergen County released a novelty Christmas song about a donkey that, nearly six decades later, remains a love-it-or-hate-it holiday earworm...

Want something fabulous to play during Christmas dinner? Here’s a wonderful “Yule Log” video from Tony Bennett featuring many amazing holiday classics accompanied by delightful animation. Bennett’s original artwork is the imagery for the yule log animation from a painting titled,“Home Is Where The Heart Is,” which he initially created for the Ameri...

The first songs most people hear as children are nursery rhymes and lullabies. The first songs Ahmet Zappa heard as a child were the shock-treatment tracks on Hot Rats, a groundbreaking 1969 set by his father Frank. “This is the stuff I was drinking my milk bottles to,” Zappa said with a giggle. “It’s magical.” He isn’t the only one who thinks so....