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Alessandro Negrini’s Documentary ‘Paradiso’ at Boston’s Irish Film Festival


This year's Boston Irish Film Festival will have a little Italian twist on March 26, with a screening of Alessandro Negrini's 'Paradiso' at Somerville Theater.

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Walnut Hill Summer Opera Program Takes Students to Italy


Every year the Walnut Hill Summer Opera program takes students ages 13 to 17 to Italy to see and experience the very essence of the Italian opera. Only the best singers make the cut, like Chelsea Woodard.

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City of Boston Inherits Italian Home… and Pets


A small town in Lazio has been all over the news lately, as a man reversed his last will and decided to hand all of his properties, along with several cats and two dogs, to the City of Boston.

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Italian Drum Student at Berklee Wins Zildjian Award


Young Italian drumming talent Alessandro Lombardo received the Armand Zildjian Percussion Award this week at Berklee College of Music.

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Roma Sale to DiBenedetto Gets Closer


Multiple reports seem to indicate that Red Sox co-owner Thomas DiBenedetto is set to buy Italian soccer team Roma for 200 million euro.

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Italian Truffle Company Sets Eyes on Newbury Store

Federico Balestra, president of Sabatino Truffles. Photo by Gabriel Balestra

Sabatino&Co Roma, known in Italy and the United States for its truffles and truffle-related products, is reported to be planning a new store at 130 Newbury Street.

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Young Sicilian Filmmaker Wins Second Prize at BU Festival


Young Sicilian filmmaker Pietro Nigro Famulari won second prize at the 2011 Redstone Film Festival at Boston University, which he recently graduated from. He presented "Find Your Way," filmed in his hometown Siracusa, Sicily.

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An Italian Teapot Worth $80,000


An Italian teapot dating back to the early 18th century was sold in Boston for $80,000, according to the Antiques Trade Gazette. The Vezzi porcelain teapot with a bronze mounted cover was sold on January 17 to an unknown bidder at Skinner’s in Boston, after it had been first estimated at $20,000-$30,000. The 1725 Venetian vase has an octagonal shape body with molded acanthus leaf borders and paneled sides of polychrome enamel decorated with flowers, green enamel trim lines, bronze mount to hinged cover and to face mask spout. To view pictures of the artsy kitchenware antique, go to this ...

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Boston Investors Eyeing Roma Soccer Team


Italy’s main sports newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, is reporting that Thomas R. DiBenedetto, president of investment management firm Boston International Group, alongside a partner at New England Sports Ventures, is the lead investor in the discussions currently taking place in New York to buy A.S. Roma, one of the top teams in the Italian Serie A league. Based on the report, representatives of UniCredit bank, the team’s current owner, have extended their stay in New York to discuss the sale with 61-year-old DiBenedetto, whose family is originally from Salerno. He is a partner of New England Sports Ventures, which ...

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Professor David Rosen Speaks of Puccini’s Stage Manuals

Professor David Rosen Speaks of Puccini’s Stage Manuals

La Fanciulla del West, Puccini’s best, least-known opera, recently turned 100. The rollicking spaghetti Western — which takes place during the California Gold Rush — premiered December 10, 1910, at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. But despite its initial success, it didn’t prove to be as popular as La Bohème, Tosca, or Madama Butterfly. In celebration of the opera’s centennial, Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, hosted “Fanciulla 100: Celebrating Puccini,” a symposium that featured numerous musical experts and historians, including David Rosen, a professor emeritus of music at Cornell University ...

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