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Opera, Operatic, Operastic

March 7, 2008

Giuseppe Di Stefano: the southern Italian voice that conquered the world!

Luigi Boccia
Giuseppe Di Stefanio singing 'Vesti la giubba' from Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci'

Sicilian born tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano died at the age of 86 in his home in Brianza (Lombardy) last Monday, March 3rd at 5am, after a long agony caused by injuries sustained in...

February 18, 2008

Lost in translation!

Luigi Boccia
Photo courtesy of Bernhard J. Scheuvens
Facciata del Teatro Massimo di Palermo (Italy)

Italian Opera sung in English? I know it sounds just like another bad hybridization introduced to American culture (would anyone like a frappuccino with that?). Is this is the...

February 3, 2008

Is this Opera Swan Song or what?

Luigi Boccia
Fiorenza Cedolins in Tosca at Verona Arena in 2006.

We are proud to introduce Francesco Peri, a new contributor to the Opera, Operatic, Operastic section of i-italy. Francesco, who we present below, will play the role of thedevil's...

February 2, 2008

Palazzi's international debut solo album

Luigi Boccia
Palazzi singing Ferrando in Verdi's Trovatore, Busseto 2003 (Atto I, Scena I)

Internationally acclaimed bass Mirco Palazzi, a promising young artist from Morciano di Romagna (Rimini), has recently released his debut album "Recital d'arie d'opera e da...

January 27, 2008

Gianni Raimondi: a glorious Italian tenor

Luigi Boccia
Gianni Raimondi at home in Pianoro (BO) in 2004

Tenor Gianni Raimondi doesn't really need an introduction. Fans around the world still refer to him as the best Rodolfo (Bohéme), the most elegant Alfredo (Traviata) and an...

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