You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari”  (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as talented, Cremonese luthiers colleagues, Amati and Guarneri, he wrote a considerable piece of the history of music. Born around 1644, his family was old Cremona through and through, with deeds signed...

Let’s be real for a second: Eros Ramazzotti's voice is rather nasally, to say the least. And, yeah, he does sound a bit like an alien whenever he sings in Spanish. Tonal handwringing aside, Ramazzotti, with his hefty load of bilingual crossover hits, has been a force of nature on Latin pop radio throughout his 30-year career. An international star...

Video: https://www.raiplay.it/video/2020/02/litalia-con-voi-del-18022020-86525935-5dc0-4dd4-a67e-3393aafcecaf.html February 18 2020 Roma, Italy

Nedda Casei, who in the 1960s and ’70s could be reliably heard as Suzuki, Maddalena, Lola and other bread-and-butter mezzo-soprano characters at the Metropolitan Opera before transforming herself into a pathbreaking labor leader, died on Jan. 20 in hospice care in Manhattan. She was 87. A niece, Janice Arponen, said the cause was a stroke. Ms. Case...

The city of Vercelli has over 2500 years of history and was probably founded about a century after the city of Rome. Numerous accounts have survived from the past, one by Pliny the Elder, who said of it: “Vercellae Libicorum ex Salyis ortae”. The accordion, however, only entered Vercelli’s history at the beginning of the twentieth century, with Sim...

Sunday March 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 4050 West Maple Rd. Ste 250 – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. Please join us in this special Caffè e Cultura. Maestro Cominetti of the Lombardy region will offer a few remarks on his past teaching career as an Adjunct Faculty at the Sacred Music Arts Academy in Rome and also his founding and artistic direction of the...

Giada Valenti will take the audience at the Lone Tree Arts Center on a romantic journey through five decades of beautiful songs. The award winning Italian singer is performing for one-night only, Saturday, February 15, 2020. “An Evening with Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love” pays tribute to some iconic female singers, including Karen Carpenter,...

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...