“I went to Catholic school in Des Moines, and I guess my way of rebelling was to be a total snob about records,” said Good Morning Midnight frontman Charlie Cacciatore. “Some people are in debate and others play tennis, and me and my friends survived in that ecosystem by taking on that kind of identity. Every weekend, we all went to ZZZ Records and...

The Cardinal Bartolucci Foundation Choir will travel from the Vatican to the Windy City this week for four Chicago-area performances. The choirmaster at the Sistine Chapel for almost 50 years, Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci oversaw the music for the sacred liturgies conducted by generations of popes. The choir established in his name now disseminates...

On April 3, 2022 Domenic Giampino, President of Italian Charities of America received the Italian American Culture Award from Festival of Song USA. The award was given by the Festival of Song USA Board Member William Russo and President/Organizer Maria Grazia Romania Lindh. President Giampino was extremely honored to receive such a meaningful award...

The Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport was the site of the 2022 Bridgeport Regional arm of the NCAA women’s basketball Sweet 16 and Elite Eight tournaments this past March. But at the end of the year, the arena will be filled, not with basketball fans, but opera fans. Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli is scheduled to perform. The tenor will be stop...

American singer, performer, and international icon Tony Bennett is undeniably one of the most recognizable names and voices in the music scene. With over seven decades of him crooning some of the most beloved jazz favorites such as I Left My Heart In San Francisco, The Good Life and I Wanna Be Around, he has impressively amassed a net worth of $200...

Claudia Lucia Lamanna is an Italian harpist who triumphed at the International Harp Contest - one of the oldest and most famous musical competitions in the world - where she won the title of the world's best harpist. Let's find out what we have to say about the young and talented musician, about her extraordinary successes (such as the degree she o...

The Metropolitan Opera will present an audacious new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which moves the Bel Canto masterpiece from 18th-century Scotland to a present-day town in the American Rust Belt, with nine performances April 23-May 21, 2022. Australian film, theater, and opera director Simon Stone makes his Met debut with this bol...

When five young Italian American friends from the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn discovered that they each had talented voices, they started singing together as a group on street corners in 1957.  After being together for a short time, the singing group decided to call themselves the Overons. They started the group just for the love of singing and...

In New York, opera lovers can rejoice.  The Metropolitan Opera’s Madama Butterfly is in production. It’s the opera in three acts that Giacomo Puccini wrote and dedicated to the Queen of Italy, Elena of Montenegro. Interpreting the role of the tragic geisha will be the soprano Eleonora Buratto. Until May 7th, those interested may attend the six oper...

Gina Sicilia – For those in the know, she’s the talented songwriter and powerhouse vocalist behind some of the most sultry blues out there. Her newest musical undertaking is her 10th studio album, Unchange. Produced by Colin Linden, it graces our earholes on April 29th via VizzTone Label Group. But there’s more to her than that. Much more. Born Elv...