You know those Italian standards such as "O Sole Mio," "Come Back to Sorrento" and "Funiculì, Funiculà" — those tunes you hear everywhere, from TV commercials to movies to Italian restaurants to Looney Tunes cartoons? They all come from the heartfelt, seaside region of Naples, aka, Napoli (pictured above).   If you have a soft spot for these...

Teresa Federico, Valentina Ruggeri e Vera Dragone: loro sono le Ladyvette. Tre perfette pin-up anni 50 che salgono sul palco con il nome del gruppo o, singolarmente prese, con gli pseudonimi di Sugar, Pepper e Cherry. Tre personaggi da scoprire.   Tre attrici dallo stile vintage, hanno appena concluso le riprese della fiction Il paradiso del...

Ethnic Italian Records: Analysis, Conservation and Restoration of the Repertoire of Italian-American Emigration on 78 Vinyl LPs. Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) - Chicago, IL Presentation of "Ethnic Italian Records: Analysis, conservation and restoration of the rep...

by Tonya Russo Hamilton "Se avete due pani, vendetene uno e comprate un fiore, perché anche l'anima ha fame." If one has two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a flower, for the soul also has hunger. This Italian proverb spoken by Cindy Felice's mother throughout her life signifies her journey from childhood arts appreciation to becoming...

It's well known that there is a long history of bright Italian inventions, from art and architecture to food and technology. Since the Roman Empire era, the peninsula has been the perfect habitat for creativity, genius and maverick thinkers.   Many of you probably remember genius like Donatello or Leonardo Da Vinci or Galileo Galilei, but th...

by Warren Boroson    New Jersey has had its share of famous singers. Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughn.   Opera singers, too. Frederica von Stade, Barbara Bonney, Richard Crooks, Dorothy Kirstin, Paul Robeson (he did occasionally sing opera). And now...James Valenti, born in...

By Roy Proctor Richmond will launch its 2013-14 opera season with two salutes in honor of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday. Virginia Beach-based Lyric Opera Virginia will commence its four-event season this month with "Viva Verdi!" a program of Verdi scenes, in the Oates Theater at the Collegiate School.   Read more  ...

By Donna Doherty   They might be teenagers, but they sing the kinds of songs that bring moms and daughters to concerts together, and they do so well enough to capture the attention of Barbra Streisand, who invited the Italian trio to sing with her on her 2012 tour.   Il Volo, which appropriately means "the flight," has skyrocketed to...

By Charles T. Downey The narrators of songs can be such complainers. Luca Pisaroni's recital Friday night, presented by Vocal Arts D.C. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, brought together a program of songs, half in Italian and half in German and all dramatic.   The nature of the music can make the words seem more or less sincere, but t...

The Wagnerian Ring Cycle is dark and moody and takes patience and study to understand. Contrast it with the typical Italian operas that are light and bright like the Italian cities and countryside where they take place. The characters in a Rossini opera are all recognizable, albeit a tad exaggerated, and we understand well their parts in the play....