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Odyssey Opera to Perform Mozart’s Lucio Silla at BU Theatre

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A love-struck tyrannical Roman dictator, love triangles, death threats, togas, and opera—you’ll find it all in the Odyssey Opera production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely performed opera Lucio Silla, premiering tonight and being performed again Friday and Sunday at the Boston University Theatre. The opera, one of two being staged this season as part of the company’s third annual opera festival (a production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Ezio preceded Lucio Silla), tells the story of Lucio Silla, a self-proclaimed Roman dictator who lusts after Giunia, the daughter of his enemy Gaius Marius. Giunia, however, is in love with, and wed to, Cecilio, ...

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NEMPAC celebrates 15th Anniversary Performance Season with Rossini’s La Cenerentola

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When: June 23-25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston MA The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) invites guests and members of their community to Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, The Great Hall for a night of opera featuring Rossini’s La Cenerentola. The NEMPAC Opera Project presents Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a two act opera sung in Italian accompanied by Chamber Orchestra. The project, founded in 2012, continues its annual tradition of presenting a fully staged opera in one of Boston’s most historic venues. Loosely based on the fairytale, La Cenerentola turns Cinderella on its head with an ...

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NEMPAC presents “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs”

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When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North St., Boston MA 02113 On May 7, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will take part in the 2016 Allegro concert series brought to Boston by Sounds of Italy. The Saturday show titled “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs” will feature artist and tenor Salvatore Atti, the artistic director and pianist of NEMPAC’s winter concert series Christina Wright Ivanova, as well as soprano Jacyln Atti. For tickets, click here.

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Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 30th Season with Italian Opera Gala

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 6 p.m. Where: Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman St, Waltham, MA The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an elegant fundraiser, “Italian Opera Gala,” on Saturday, April 30. This event will include a cocktail hour, Italian dinner, and performances by noted soloists from The Bostonians and the Boston Latin School Chamber Choir. The gala will be emceed by Waltham’s own fashion diva, Yolanda Cellucci, and will take place at Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman St, Waltham, MA. The featured soloists are Noune Karapetian, Soprano; Roselin Osser, Mezzo; Michael Calmés, Tenor; and Philip Lima, ...

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Hungry for opera

Gina Fava at the opera!

Hungry for Italian opera? Me too. Conversely, Italian opera makes me hungry. As in ravenous for a full-course meal every time. I don’t know whether it’s something about the brilliant orchestra or talented performers or the musical compositions themselves that evokes my hunger. What I do know is, the little snack bar stocked with peanuts is never enough to satisfy my appetite. When I studied Italian opera at the University of Rome, part of my midterm included attending an evening showing of “Don Giovanni” at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, an iconic 19th-century theater. By the time my classmate and future ...

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Homegrown verismo

Il Padrone

George Scigliano was the first Italian American elected to public office in Boston. His story was brought to life by Steven Puleo in “The Boston Italians.” As Puleo notes, Scigliano fought hard to end the exploitation of Italian immigrants through the corrupt padrone system. His death inspired the unsuccessful effort by James Donnaruma to rename North Square after him. Scigliano’s work also may have been the inspiration for something else: an opera about Italian immigrants set in the North End. That opera is George Whitfield Chadwick’s “Il Padrone” (1913). Chadwick is one of the most well-known and accomplished American classical ...

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America’s Tenor Michael Amante to Perform in Malden, MA

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CATCH A RISING STAR AND ST. ROCCO’S ASSOCIATION OF MALDEN PRESENT AMERICA’S TENOR, MICHAEL AMANTE When: Saturday, October 10, 2015. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Where: Jenkins Auditorium, 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA Michael Amante is a celebrated American singer and stage actor whose voice and presence has captivated audiences and critics around the world.  He sings a repertoire that ranges from Broadway, American Standards, Gospel and Jazz to the soaring notes of High Opera.  He has been called “The People’s Tenor”, been billed as “the Prince of High C’s”, and even “the ...

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Soprano soars as lead angel in BU opera production

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An emerging operatic talent took flight in February during the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ production of “Angels in America” at the BU Theatre.

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Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ opera classic re-imagined at Boston Lyric Opera

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Giuseppe Verdi’s “La traviata” is one of the most performed operas in the world, yet it hasn’t appeared on a Boston Lyric Opera stage for more than a decade. That is, until this October, when the renowned company will stage a production of the classic work, interpreted by some of the country’s rising stars of opera. Five performances will take place from October 10 to 19 at the Shubert Theatre, which will be transformed into the world of Violetta, a French courtesan who risks everything for true love. Not only will patrons enjoy one of the greatest operas of all ...

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Photos: Pirandello Lyceum’s Annual Bel Canto Italian Opera Concert

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On January 15, 2012, the Pirandello Lyceum held its annual Bel Canto Italian Opera.

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Il Volo Live at the Orpheum

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On October 18, 2011, the extraordinary trio of tenors IL VOLO performed a live show at Boston's Orpheum.

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Walnut Hill Summer Opera Program Takes Students to Italy

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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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