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...

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...

MARCH 3 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET. Zoom webinar. Oreganized by: Dickinson College. Register here. Ilana Rainero-de Haan, Music Planning Manager at San Franscisco Opera, will discuss how her study and career path in music and Italian language and culture across Italy and USA led her to her current position at the San Francisco Opera. She graduated fro...

The pandemic may have put a crimp in her plans, but Maria Novella Malfatti is making the most of her chances to learn and grow at the Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center. The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center is one of the most prestigious training programs in the world for emerging opera singers, offering world-class opportunities for professional...

The Dallas Opera will make the company's gripping 2015 production of Giacomo Puccini's immortal Tosca available free of charge for home viewing. This passionate, star-studded production was originally simulcast live in high definition to a North Texas audience at Klyde Warren Park. TDO's Tosca stream will premiere online Friday, February 26, 2021 a...

Wednesday, February 17 | 12:30 p.m. EST - REGISTER here. In 1786, the year Le Nozze di Figaro was composed, Vienna was the center of the opera scene and the primary language of opera was Italian. Revolutionary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and rebellious librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who had recently been banned from Venice for his politics, were...

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Zoom Meeting. August Ventura will present a program titled: On Golden Wings: Exploring Verdi’s Enduring Legacy. In his presentation, Mr. Ventura will explore such questions as: Is traditional opera still meaningful? Does opera have the power to be an agent for social and/or political change? Mr. Ventura's fascin...

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will showcase lesser-known gems by beloved Italian composers in a virtual concert curated and hosted by Lyric’s Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola and presented by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. With Maestro Mazzola at the piano, members of the Ryan Opera Center 2020-21 ensemble will perform songs...

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 | 12:00 P.M. EST. Italian Opera Series: Learn About... La Traviata, with special guest, Richard Bernstein of the Metropolitan Opera. Italian Opera Series Classes: January 6: La Traviata by Verdi. January 13: La Bohème by Puccini. REGISTER The opera La Traviata is part of Giuseppe Verdi's Popular Trilogy along with Rigoletto and...

Un ponte di musica – Itinerari dell’Opera italiana in America (a cura di Claudio Orazi) –  Zecchini Editore 2020, pp. 262 €20; in italiano con testo a fronte inglese) è un bel libro che potrebbe essere, se si è ancora in tempo, una strenna per l’Epifania tanto è elegante e ben illustrato ma che può essere in qualsiasi momento un libro di grande int...