The tradition of Italian Opera Day in the Park

Jun 16, 2013 831

By Roberto Natalini

In conjunction with the celebration of the Festa della Repubblica, the Italian Republic Day, San Francisco has once again hosted Italian Opera in the Park, part of the 131st season in Golden Gate Park's music concourse, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler. Presented under the auspices of Italian Community Services, Italian Day in the Park featured the Simi Cantori Opera Ensamble, performing selections by Giuseppe Verdi in honor of the 200th anniversary of Maestro's birth.

Lead by program coordinator Maria Fassio Pignati, State President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, the Simi Cantori Opera Ensemble performed at the Speckles Temple of Music — better known as the "Band Shell" in the Music Concourse of Golden Gate Park — for more than thirty years.

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano

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