Opera and Lunch in the Afternoon. The Glorious Sound of the Operatic Singing Voice. Thursday, Oct. 13, noon to 4 pm. Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Come enjoy great food and company while sharing our love of opera! Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka and Lou Barrella. Register for Opera Luncheon Intuitively, we all know...

Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s version to recede into a rarity.Opera Philadelphia excavated it Friday night at the Academy of Music for its O22 festival i...

Giuseppe Verdi was born on Oct. 10, 1813, in Busseto (Parma) which was then a part of the French Empire. He came from a humble beginning. His mother was a seamstress and his father was employed as a clerk. The organist at his church befriended him at a young age and taught him how to play the piano. At the age of 15, in 1828, he wrote and performed...

Neapolitan conductor Gaetano Merola, aided by San Francisco’s Italian community, founded the San Francisco Opera a century ago. For its 100th season, the Company has planned a rich variety of the innovative and the traditional, with two newly-commissioned works, new productions of old favorites, and established European operas that had their Americ...

On September 10, Concordia Chamber Players will present an evening of Italian Baroque music featuring the works of female composers of the 17th century for ChamberFest 2022. Some of the lesser-known composers featured on the program are Catarina Assandra, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonardo, and Francesca Caccini. The group returns to the barn at ru...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, a librettist, first met in Vienna in 1783. They shied away from the staid Greco-Roman mythologies, used frequently in opera until then, choosing to collaborate on human interest stories. Musicologists rightly praise Mozart’s ability to "draw" a character in very few bars. In 1786 "The Marriage of Figaro...

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was posthumously unveiled Wednesday honoring legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. James Conlon, the music director of the LA Opera, and movie producer Cinzia Salvioli spoke at the ceremony at 7065 Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Sycamore avenues. Pavarotti's daughter Cristina Pavarotti accepted the sta...

Harrowgate Park - 3455 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Friday September 9, 2022, 3pm; Saturday September 10, 2022, 3pm; Sunday September 11, 2022, 3pm. Running time: 50 minutes. TICKET PRICE: Pay What You Can ($20 suggested). Italy comes to Philly when Vincerò- The Italian Opera Experience takes stage as part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Pres...

The University of Chicago Press is excited to share that The Works of Giuseppe Verdi series has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH grant recipients for the final round of funding in 2022 were announced on August 16, and as part of this, the Verdi series will receive $251,257 in support from the NEH. T...

Sunday, September 4, 2022. 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT. The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary - 168 Hill Street - Southampton, NY 11968. This annual concert will continue the tradition of highlighting famous arias/duets from Opera and Broadway showstoppers, plus famous Italian such as “O Sole Mio,” Spanish and ethnic favorites, takin...