Opera Festival of Chicago returns for its second season. The three-week festival will feature fully staged productions of Gioachino Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice and Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro – the first time each has been performed professionally in Chicago in modern history. We also pay tribute to the legendary Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi, hono...

Pop-opera tenor Pasquale Esposito will perform under the stars in a benefit concert for Casa Italia on July 9. The popular crossover crooner has 11 albums, four PBS specials and a host of world tours under his belt. Esposito released his first album — an Italian musical revue dubbed “Naples … That’s Amore!” — in 2005, with album No. 11 — a double C...

Good Italian operas have been putting passion, love, drama, betrayals, revenge and mystery on stage for 400 years. Often called the ultimate form of art, Italian opera has it all: a blend of music, singing, literature, acting, dance, costumes and much more. ALL filled with DRAMA. From mythological tales to Egyptian history and Parisian bohemians to...

Adelmo Fornaciari, better known to the world as Zucchero, a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers, is back on a world wide tour that will take him to three cities in the US South West: Los Angeles (September 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills) and San Diego (October 1 at Balboa Theatre) in California and Tucson in Arizona (Octob...

On June 12, a fire in the apartment building above Vito's caused water damage, and temporarily closed the club. Owner Greg Lundgren spoke with jazz reporter Robin Lloyd about the history and the future of Vito's, and the need for help to retain the club's staff. On how he and his partner Jeff Scott purchased and revived Vito's in 2010: We had been...

The De Cecco Little Italy Festival of Rochester, NY, is delighted to announce that a major international artist and PBS television superstar from Venice, Italy, – Italian songstress GIADA VALENTI – will be performing her live show “From Venice with Love” at this year’s Little Italy Festival at 8pm, on Saturday, August 20th at Parcel 5 (285 E. Main...

Recently, I did a ZOOM presentation sponsored by I AM Books in Boston on my 2015 book, Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience.  The book, to which local Chicago writer David Anthony Witter also contributed, documents the amazing, untold story of how Americans of Italian descent blended their specific musical talents...

Zucchero Fornaciari World Wild Tour 2022. September 14, 2022 @ 8:00 PM. Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington DC 20001. Buy tickets here. Credited as the father of Italian blues and boasting over 50 million records sold worldwide, Zucchero is coming back to the United States with a special, intimate performance at the Howard Theatre in Washin...

Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 pm - Wednesday, July 27 at 8:30 pm - Thursday, July 28 at 8:30 pm. LOCATION: Lost Valley Pizza / Revival (50 Sims Ave, Providence, RI 02909). Ticket price:$20. (A) presentation of wonders for the operatic art unshackled from the stifling formality of the opera house and the throngs of old money ticket holders.” Experience...

After the success of the first edition, Music For Uncertain Times returns from 21 June 2022 with three new episodes that bring into dialogue the beauty of Italy’s cultural heritage with the new scenarios of musical creativity. A journey through Italy, a story in stages produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in wh...