Dion DiMucci is best known as the rock ‘n’ roller who rose to fame more than a half-century ago with such hits as “I Wonder Why,” “Teenager in Love” and “Runaround Sue.” And, of course, there’s his signature song, “The Wanderer,” a number that spoke to the Bronx-born artist’s gutsy attitude. But his wandering didn’t end there. Dion, as he’s simply...

Imagine taking the swinging, glamorous Italian-American singers of the mid-20th century — Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima — and distilling their essence for the 21st-century stage. Vanessa Racci does exactly that in her performances, bringing the music of these icons to life for a new generation. As a child, Racci soaked up...

This week on State of Art we’re learning about Anchorage Opera returning to the stage after a two-year hiatus. After postponing twice, their production of Puccini’s “Tosca” is happening this weekend. The opera is considered one of Puccini’s masterpieces and has all the passion, intrigue and death you’d want from a dramatic performance.  We’re joine...

Talking with tenor Pasquale Esposito, the spirit of Enrico Caruso looms large. It’s there in the memories Esposito traces back to his Neapolitan childhood, and it infuses the music he’s sung in multiple concerts, recordings, and the PBS specials he’s created to share that music with television viewers. Audiences will hear Esposito in person this we...

When: Mon, April 25, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Where: CIMA – Center for Italian Modern Art, 421 Broome Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10013 Opera has dealt with injustice and political conflict since its inception around 1600. It is towards the end of the nineteenth century, though, that composers – in conjunction with the blossoming of a new m...

When: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30pm CT - Where: Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL IDR (Italian Doc Remix) announces the release of Pandemonium, a new album that reconnects immigrant memory with the ritual and folkloric sources so crucial to their music. As part of their 2022 North American Tour, IDR will perform at Constellation in Chicago...

Call it bel canto in the Rust Belt. The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” plucks the ill-fated heroine out of the Scottish hills where Sir Walter Scott placed her in his 1819 novel and where Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti kept her in his opera 16 years later. Instead, director Simon Stone has transplanted her to a con...

The autographed score of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the IIC-NY on the occasion of the new production at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. The precious manuscript will be on display from April, 22 to  May, 20 2022 - 10AM to 4PM -  Italian Cultural Institute 686 Park Avenue, NY.  Lucia di Lammermoor is undoubtedly, togethe...

Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 PM PST (10:00 PM EST). From the Myron’s at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Watch the global live stream or watch it later up to a month after the event. To reserve your spot visit www.giadavalenti.live Giada Valenti is a singer and songwriter, born and raised in Venice, Italy. Since 2006, Giada ha...

Latex and Victorian dresses. Maneskin hit the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of the most watched music festivals in the United States held in Riverside County, California. Seven stages and dozens of artists. The Roman band, the first Italian rock band at Coachella, played some of the songs that in recent months have reac...