The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Valentine’s Day with an Italian flair Saturday. “Now, That’s Italian” will feature vocalists Alyson Cambridge and James Valenti performing arias from Italian operas and love songs backed by the orchestra, led by Randall Craig Fleischer.  “The idea started with celebrating Valentine’s Day and a nod to...

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca is a passionate and beautifully elegant opera, especially as presented by the Tacoma Opera Society. First mounted in January 1900, it was based on a fictitious events in Rome that happened during the Battle of Marengo, Napoleon’s conquest of Italian territories on June 17 and 18, 1800. Tosca is based on the melodrama by Vict...

If you look at the song list on any popular opera tenor album, you’ll notice that along with the standard opera favorites (Una furtiva lagrima, Che gelida manina, E lucevan le stelle) there are often Neapolitan folk songs mixed in, that are obviously not taken from any stage production. Songs like ‘O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, for example.   So w...

Rosario Monetti is an Italian Tenor who is committed to bringing the cultures of Italy and America together. His is a story of perseverance and a determination to succeed in the competitive world of opera and classical music. Ten years after he left his homeland of Italy, Rosario has been embraced fully in the United States as a true patriot and a...

Valentine’s Day inspires some of this week’s programming, notably Apollo’s Fire’s performances of “L’Amore — An Old Italian Valentine” beginning on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm at First Methodist Church in Akron. Violinists Olivier Brault, Alan Choo, Adriane Post, and Carrie Krause will pair off in a few of Vivaldi’s concertos for two violins,...

Mirella Freni, an exemplary Italian prima donna for nearly 50 years, whose voice was ideally suited to lighter lyric roles but maintained its bloom even as she took on weightier, more dramatic repertory in midcareer, died on Sunday at her home in Modena, in north-central Italy. She was 84. She died after a long degenerative illness and a series of...

Sanremo occasione di incontro anche per gli amministratori regionali. In occasione del Festival, infatti, gli assessori al turismo di Liguria e Sicilia Gianni Berrino e Manlio Messina hanno dato il via ad un percorso che porterà ad un’intesa di promozione turistica comune tra le due regioni e i comuni di Lumarzo e Lercara Friddi nel nome di Frank S...

Just hours before he was to take the stage at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, world-famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli postponed his Friday night concert, a show that would have been the kickoff of his annual Valentine’s Day tour. According to a Facebook post on his official page, it is due to a case of laryngitis. “In over 20 years of performing in...

Boston Baroque returns to Vivaldi's masterworks, The Four Seasons and Gloria in D, along with Monteverdi's Beatus Vir this March, featuring Concertmaster Christina Day Martinson and conducted by Music Director Martin Pearlman. Two performances of this program will take place at NEC's Jordan Hall-the first, on Friday, March 27 at 8pm, and the second...

The College of Idaho’s annual opera is coming to the Langroise Center for Performing & Fine Arts from February 5 to 8, giving the community an opportunity to experience an art form that originated in Italy more than 400 years ago. “Gianni Schicchi” is a short, one-act opera directed by Annie Powell of the College’s music department. There are about...