A wise man of opera once said in my hearing, testifying to the enduring emotional impact of Puccini: “When I no longer cry at ‘Boheme,’ I quit.” The same should be said of “La Fanciulla del West,” from “Ch’ella mi creda” to the end – and so it is with Lillian Groag’s production that opened on Nov. 10 at the Virginia Opera in Norfolk, with performan...

Richmond University Medical Center today announced that its 11th Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 and will be co-chaired by Dr. Loren Harris and Dr. Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris and Mr. & Mrs. Brian and Deanna Gomez. The Gala will again salute members of the community who have made an indelible contribution to the medical center...

Why is there a Christopher Columbus statue by Byrd Park? Who crafted the elaborate plaster and stonework in Richmond’s early-20th-century theaters and public buildings? The answers to those questions point to the early and long-lasting cultural influence of Italians.    When Thomas Jefferson sought to better cultivate grapes for winemaking, he impo...

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond died at a hospital late Aug. 17. He was 75. A native of Philadelphia, he was named the 12th bishop of Richmond by St. John Paul II March 31, 2004. Before he was appointed to the Virginia diocese, he was the bishop of Honolulu. He also was a former auxiliary bishop in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “He was a faithful...

Italy's leading ensemble on the world music circuit, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino returns Stateside for a series of Fall concert dates. Running from September 29th through October 10th, stops along CGS's 2016 mini-tour include Midwest performances at the Madison World Music Festival, Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA) and Minneapolis's Cedar Cultural...

The 17th Street Farmers' Market is set to become a hub of Italian culture, when the 10th Annual Original Richmond Italian Street Festival takes over on September 27 and 28.   Proceeds from the festival, which will include food, cultural exhibits, a "Sauce and Gravy" contest and a meatball-eating contest, benefit The Faison School, VCU's Ital...

When I first visited Olli Salumeria's processing facility, the only person I saw stuffing sausages was owner Olivierio "Olli" Colmignoli. Tall, handsome and with a distinct Italian accent, Colmignoli wore a white chef's jacket and expensive olive-green jeans.   He was adding a bottle of Sangiovese to a batch of ground pork before loading the...

The Shops at Willow Lawn are turning into a mini-dining hub with such spots as American Tap Room, Zoës Kitchen, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Duck Donuts and, soon, Family Meal. Travinia, which opened in August, serves "contemporary American Italian cuisine," and the Willow Lawn restaurant is one of 13 locations across the Carolinas, Fl...

Standing at the end Boulevard, next to the tennis courts at Byrd Park, is the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South. In the early 1920s, Richmond's Italian-American community – about 1,000 strong – wanted to gift a statue of their kinsman to their adopted home.   The residents hoped city officials would add a Columbus sta...

Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS), a member of The Winebow Group and America's leading importer of premium Italian wines, has announced that it is the exclusive U.S. importer of Il Marroneto, the highly acclaimed Brunello producer led by owner and winemaker Alessandro Mori. Il Marroneto joins a portfolio that represents more than 50 wineries throu...