Opera Philadelphia brings fully staged opera back to the Academy of Music for the first time since September 2019 with four spring performances of Rigoletto. Tickets are on sale now. Long one of the most popular works in the operatic canon, Rigoletto features several well-known arias, including the instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile.” Verdi’...

Bobby Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock 'n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical "Bye Bye Birdie," died Tuesday. Rydell died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in a suburb of his hometown of Philadelphia, according to a statement posted by his marketing and event coordinator Maria Novey. Rydell, who...

Andrea Bocelli has announced a new run of US shows. The legendary Italian tenor will kick off his In Concert Tour on December 1 at San Francisco's Chase Center, before stops in cities including Las Vegas, Boston, and New York, wrapping in Miami on December 18.  Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on April 11. The trek follows his previous...

Florence is like the setting for a historical novel. The cast of characters that come and go through the ancient buildings and world-famous locations can sometimes read like a writer’s arbitrarily thrown together “who’s who” in order to support a story born of a wild imagination. The thing is, when it comes to Florence and her cross-sections of lif...

Being in the biz of entertainment for almost four decades, one can only imagine how many boxes of “stuff” I have packed away in my basement. An extra-ordinary and unorganized collection of autographed posters, set lists, vinyl albums, and backstage passes join other unique bits of Rock ‘N Roll memorabilia I have stashed away over the years. While m...

Sunday April 24, 2022. 18:00 (GMT-7). S F Italian Athletic Club. 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco California. World Premiere "Introducing Italy Team Manager Mike Piazza" with Director Roberto Angotti and an intimate live performance by Grammy nominated artist Pato Banton + the Now Generation Band. Featuring Movie Soundtrack by Pato Banton + New...

Francesca Caccini was born on 18 September 1587 into a highly musical family. Her father, Giulio Caccini was a famed Italian Baroque composer, and her sister, Settimia Caccini, was a well-known singer during the 1600s. A musical virtuoso, Francesca was a singer, lutenist, and talented composer. For years, she was the highest paid musician in the Me...

Looks like fans everywhere are “Beggin'” for Måneskin tickets. The Italian rockers’ first headline tour of North America has been such a sell out that more dates have been added in various cities, while in others, they’re moving to larger venues. “We are thrilled to announce that our shows in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Toronto, Montre...

The premise seems simple: take a beloved, classic opera and perform it backward. But the execution, it turns out, offers an entirely new experience. Detroit Opera on April 2, 6 and 10 will present Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” as it’s never been seen before — beginning with the final scene and working backward, ending with the first scene. It’s a c...

Yes to the candidacy of the Italian art of opera as intangible heritage of humanity, no to that of Italian espresso coffee: this is the decision taken by the Italian Commission of UNESCO. So it will be the Italian opera singing to arrive to the Unesco Intergovernmental Committee for the 2023 cycle that will have to decide the new insertions in the...