Una voce portentosa e una passione per la musica lirica ereditata dalla mamma e dal nonno fanno di Benedetta Orsi, mezzosoprano bolognese trapiantata negli Stati Uniti, un talento italiano di quelli che incantano il pubblico d’oltre Oceano. La cantante è diventata mamma in piena pandemia, con  tutte le difficoltà del caso. Una formazione tutta ital...

It's the song you'll be blasting this Memorial Day weekend. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga have released their catchy new single, "Rain on Me." The collaboration was born after the two artists began friends, which Gaga admits was due to Grande reaching out to her.  "She was so persistent," Gaga told Zane Lowe of Apple Beats 1. "She would try over and...

Sunday the 12th of April, Easter Day, the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli gave a live streaming concert in the Milan Cathedral, an amazing and touching event which represented a symbol of hope and belief during these difficult times. Let’s step back for a moment so that we can understand better who this brilliant singer is. Bocelli has  recorded 16 pop...

The Italian composer, conductor and pianist Ezio Bosso, one of the most admired figures of Italian culture in the country and internationally, has died today at the age of 48, after he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease in 2011, the Ministry reported of Italian Culture. Born in Turin on September 13, 1971, he was conductor, composer, an...

“Little Richard rolled into Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio (1947-1956) at 840 N. Rampart in New Orleans and cut the epochal “Tutti Frutti” in the fall of 1955. Richard wailed “A wop bop a loo mop a lomp bomp bomp” and kicked off one of the first great wailers in rock history. In 1956’s Here’s Little Richard — his boogie-woogie piano stylings weren’t a...

What is the most beautiful love song ever written? Was it a song of passion sung by a young man to profess his unending love to his sweetheart? Or maybe a song of joy from a young woman in response to a marriage proposal? If you ask me, it was neither. Of the thousands of love-songs written throughout the years, perhaps the most beautiful, the most...

Here's a match made in synth heaven (or possibly hell) — French touch masters Daft Punk are joining forces with giallo film master Dario Argento to score his next project. Argento is set to direct a new film called Occhiali Neri (or, in English, Black Glasses). The project will star his daughter, Asia Argento. Speaking with Repubblica [via The Film...

The Teatro alla Scala, Milan’s iconic opera house, is planning to reopen in September with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly will lead the famed work for soloists, choir and orchestra in memory of the victims of COVID-19. In the announcement, La Scala manager Dominique Meyer added the Requiem will be performed at la...

May 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM (EDT). Online on the Facebook page of the Italian Institute of Culture of Washington DC. As part of the DCJazzFest from Home Series, we are very happy to welcome back a group dear to our audience and friends: Accordi Disaccordi!  Joining us from their respective homes in Italy to our new digital stage, Accordi Disaccordi, an...

The old friend shows up every night, big and brawny as ever. He’s on a Brooklyn family’s seventh-floor balcony in Windsor Terrace, and above the Portofino Ristorante in Forest Hills, and bellowing out of a truck rolling slowly up and down the empty canyons of Manhattan’s avenues, right on time to — with the crash of a cymbal — start spreadin’ the n...