by Christina Riley   In early February, more than two dozen area youngsters auditioned for a children's chorus. They arrived with nursery rhymes, patriotic songs and familiar numbers from "Shrek" and Disney movies. Less than four months later, 13 of them are performing a little-known Giordano opera score. In Italian. At the Spoleto Fest...

Filmmaker Roberto Ando is one of Italy's most distinguished artists. A Sicilian by birth, his work, in both cinema and literature, is influenced by his associations with the great novelist Leonardo Sciascia and the movie director Francesco Rosi, among others.   His latest movie, the comedy "Viva La Liberta" ("Long Live Liberty"), which is ba...

by Erin Perkins   Soon-to-open venture Vincent Chicco's chef Aaron Lemieux may have a French surname that translates to "the best" and come from behind the line at brasserie Rue de Jean, but he has Italian food at heart. In a interview with Lemieux, he states his last meal would be his "mother's stuffed shells" and goes on to explain the ite...

A bright and bold poster designed by Italian artist Ugo Nespolo was unveiled by General Director Nigel Redden as the official 2015 Spoleto Festival USA poster today. Nespolo is the set and costume designer for Spoleto Festival USA's production of Francesco Cavalli's opera Veremonda l'amazzone di Aragona, which will have its American premiere-and fi...

The Lowcountry has no shortage of cultural festivals, and yet two years ago a group of area residents felt something was still missing. "We have every festival imaginable in the tri-county area, but there was no Italian festival," said Teri Lupinacci.   And thus the Lowcountry Festa Italiana, LLC was born. The nonprofit organization exists...

The giant wheel of parmigiana-reggiano at the center of a Le Farfalle dining room makes the point: Italian cooking traditions are at the core of this new restaurant from New York City restaurant scene vets Michael and Caitlin Toscano.   But while the cheese hails from Italy, many of the dishes it's plotted to complement are local to the Lowc...

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it's also the aunt of inconvenience and the sister of scrambling at the last minute.   Spoleto Festival USA learned in November that renovations on Gaillard Auditorium, the Charleston, S.C. showplace for big dance and music events, would not be finished for the fest.    Read more &nb...

Locals have one last chance to save on Festival tickets. Spoleto Festival USA will be back with special ticket offers and waived fees during this weekend's Second Sunday on King Street. Stop by the Festival's tent, located at the corner of King and George Streets, to chat with staff about the Festival program and pick up a brochure. Click here for...

This year's Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston took in nearly $3 million at the box office. The festival also said Wednesday that about 63,000 tickets were sold for the 160 events staged during the 17-day run of the festival.   Festival officials say Spoleto means about $50 million in economic impact for the Charleston area.   Re...

To celebrate the end of summer, Good Catch is bringing the spirit of Italy to the Lowcountry with a delicious, sustainable and truly Italian evening at local treasure Pane e Vino. The restaurant will host the next South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch dinner on Monday, Aug.31 starting at 7 p.m.   The evening will include a four-course dinner us...