The Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, and ISPI – Italian Institute for International Political Studies are delighted to invite you to a public event celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Italy and the United States, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) / 15:00 hrs (CEST). ...

Ah! The beauty of the Italian Opera – so much to say about that!  Italy is regarded as the birthplace of opera and the home to some of the world’s most renowned composers. Some famous Italian Opera composers include Puccini, Paganini, Salieri, Vivaldi, Rossini and Mascagni to name but a few.  These great Italian opera singers have also inspired oth...

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is bringing his tour to Pittsburgh this winter. After a year of Bocelli’s live-streamed performances, he’s taking his live show to the U.S. His “Believe North American Tour” will stop at PPG Paints Arena on Dec. 4. Tickets will go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. It’s the fourth show announced at PPG Paints Arena in the recent...

Last year, Kristina M. Jacobsen, associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology (Ethnology) at The University of New Mexico, traveled to Italy on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology. The grant allowed her to live in Sardinia for a year as a visiting researcher and to do ethnographic fieldwork to writ...

First, to set the record straight: This is not a review. It is primarily a note of appreciation to Maestro Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director, who has not been able to conduct his beloved orchestra since the arrival of the pandemic last March, but has kept in constant touch with his musicians from his home in Ravenna, It...

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month in April, join NIAF and Vanessa Racci as she takes you on a musical journey through the history of Italian American influence on Jazz Music from 1917 New Orleans to modern day. Covering songs and discussing their history by artists such as Nick LaRocca, Joe Venuti, Louis Prima, Harry Warren, John Pizzarelli and m...

It was an Easter to remember in 2020 when tenor Andrea Bocelli delivered a heartfelt and powerful performance to an empty cathedral at Milan’s historic Duomo. The concert was livestreamed on his YouTube channel and offered an uplifting message of love, healing and hope amid uncertain times. Bocelli, who was accompanied only by the cathedral organis...

After 13 Oscar nominations with no wins, cinematographer Roger Deakins became a sort of Internet meme as one of our most popular, “always a bridesmaid” craftsmen. But what about American songwriting legend Diane Warren? Perhaps you have listened to some of the music she composed, including the Oscar nominated classic hits “I Don’t Want to Miss a Th...

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT. Music and literature have always been related to each other. Many composers have been inspired by literary works for their compositions. With Momenti Musicali musicians and actors work together to accompany you on a fantastic journey through notes and words. The musicians will play the pieces linked to the literary...

Sometimes I feel like a time traveler trapped between the fetishized past of supposed authenticity and the hyper-speed present, where news, culture and opinion travels as fast as it’s posted on social media. In the world I grew up in, Frank Sinatra was one of the most important men in America. He embodied cool with a microphone in one hand, a drink...