Making their United States debut, the Four Italian Tenors will perform an evening of operatic tenor hits at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Armstrong Auditorium to begin the 2019-20 Performing Arts Series. “This group represents some of the finest talent in the newest generation of world-class tenors,” Armstrong Auditorium Concert Manager...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Presents: Mario del Monaco ~ Il Leone Dell'Opera. Tuesday, August 20th • 7:00 PM. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Presented by Bill Ronayne. This lecture and video presentation will cover the legendary Italian tenor. Clips include great moments from many of his celebrated performances fea...

Dino Di Liberti is a man of passion who is still in love with his wife, Vicenza, after more than 50 years of marriage. As the 79-year-old Sicilian tells his life story in his Clearwater living room, he occasionally interrupts his cheerful reminiscences to clear his throat and check his tears. The emotion comes not from any sadness in his life, but...

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Macbeth,” which closely follows Shakespeare’s original, centers on a man, his wife and their unquenchable — and doomed — quest for power. “What makes it great to me is the arc of the man Macbeth himself,” explains Helena Binder, who is stage directing the Opera North production.“It’s not a prophecy that makes him do what he...

Wednesday, July 31st @ Sunset. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. 79 Howard Avenue | Staten Island, NY 10301. An Evening of Comic Opera with excerpts from Donizetti's "Elisir d'Amore," "Don Pasquale" and "Figlia del Reggimento." Plus, the complete "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini. Introductory remarks by Lou Barrella Opera Buffa or Comi...

Maybe you have opera jokes. We did. When the Pop Culture Happy Hour team planned a trip to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, we grudgingly served up to each other our dusty old gags about Bugs Bunny and helmets with horns and Pretty Woman and ... have we left anything out? We chose to see Rigoletto, precisely because it's a classic. It's real, ha...

For years, Lindy Hume, stage director of Seattle Opera's August production of Rigoletto, has been frustrated by the way opera celebrates misogyny through its "bad boy" characters. In beloved works such as Don Giovanni, Carmen, and Tosca, sopranos must rehearse how to fall, how to be stabbed, brutalized, and thrown across the room, behaviors they wo...

Gioachino Rossini is deservedly well-known for many an opera, however, he is also well-known for being one of those rare composers who actually retired from opera. His most ambitious opera “Guillaume Tell,” written in 1829, was also his last. Consequently, he had the luxury of spending over three decades in retirement in Paris at the prime of his l...

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Festa della Musica was celebrated for the first time in Detroit.  The event was organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, with the collaboration of the Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, under the auspices of the Cons...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce, for the fourth year, it is funding a scholarship in partnership with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally recognized...