When I first thought of writing about Illuminata, my uncle had been a handful of ashes for more than a year. Cancer meandered north from his prostate and made lesions on his liver, then penetrated his beautiful brain. I imagined sending him this essay—I wanted to write it because I knew he would enjoy it. After all, we loved opera and we loved one...

The Marilyn Horne Museum at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a bit of Italy in Bradford during a multimedia lecture by opera author and speaker August Ventura. The presentation will be entitled, “There’s Something About Verdi.” It will be held at 1 p.m. June 15 in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The presentation will of...

It’s going to be a Verdi extravaganza at the Italian Institute of Culture in New York. The FESTIVAL VERDI DAY on Wednesday, May 29, will kick off at 5pm with a lecture-recital by renowned scholar Francesco Izzo, Director of the Accademia Verdiana. At 6 pm, the Festival Verdi and Verdi Off 2024 presentation will start, followed by a 7:30 pm Cocktail...

This year 2024 should be considered a milestone of the Italian musical culture because in this year finally it took place the UNESCO’s recognition of the Italian Opera as an immaterial patrimony of the humanity.  In order to celebrate this extraordinary event, our Ministry of Culture, together with Fondazione Opera Lirica di Verona planned a specta...

Visitors to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region typically visit Modena, home of the famous balsamic vinegar; or Parma, the source of the prized prosciutto and parmigiano-reggiano cheese; or Bologna, a famed “culinary capital” of Italy. But these are big cities by our standards. These foods are readily available throughout the region, and venturing out in...

As the Metropolitan Opera re-emerged from its winter recess, it provided its audience with the pleasure of witnessing two contrasting Italian masterworks on stage. The Met’s fresh production of the somberly modern ‘La Forza del Destino’ by Mariusz Treliński graced the stage, soon accompanied by Franco Zeffirelli’s lavishly traditional ‘Turandot.’ T...

The latest episode of  “Nuova York: Hidden in Plain Sight”, which is the sixth in the series, tells the story of Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian opera composer, and his statue in Piazza Verdi (Verdi Square) in Manhattan. Stefano Albertini from NYU, recounts Verdi’s story and talks about his legacy – not just the musical one – and the beauty of Pi...

In a world where the universality of music transcends borders and languages, Symphony Tacoma embarks on an ambitious journey to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. This event, set for February 24th, is not just a concert; it's a monumental homage to a piece that has vibrated through the halls of history, capturing the essen...

I was 15 when I went to my first Verdi opera, “Il Trovatore,” at the Met, the old Met, in 1964. I could barely figure out what was going on but didn’t care. Leontyne Price sang Leonora, and I was in awe of her plush, beautiful voice. The singing, the chorus, the orchestra, the emotional drama, the music with its mixture of soaring melody, intensity...

Would you care for some Puccini with that pasta? How about a little Rigoletto with your risotto? The concept of combining the sounds of opera with the tastes and smells of Italian cuisine was integral to the creation of the Verdi Chorus, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with a pair of concerts Nov. 18 and 19 in Santa Monica. Things have change...