Q & A: Contralto Alessandra Visentin On Her Blossoming Career and Her Forthcoming Recording Of Respighi Rarities

(Photo: Brescia/Amisano) Italian contralto Alessandra Visentin is a singer who tends to operate below the radar. Athough rarely in the headlines, she is a singer who is forging a very successful career. She performs in major opera houses, and has just recently released her first solo recording “Per la Signora Geltruda,” a CD of works by Vivaldi. Anyone who has {…}

Marina Rebeka To Give Recital at Teatro Alla Scala

(Credit: Tatiana Vlasova) Soprano Marina Rebeka will give a recital at the Teatro alla Scala on Oct. 20, 2020, with Giulio Zappa accompanying at the piano. The program for the concert includes Verdi’s “In solitaria stanza,” “Ave Maria,” and the famed “Brindisi” in its original version; Francesco Paolo Tosti’s “Vorrei” and “Visione”; Respighi’s “Notte,” “Pioggia,” and “Nebbie”; Cesar’ Kjui’s “La {…}

Anna Caterina Antonacci Recital at Teatro Massimo di Palermo Redesigned Due To COVID-19

(Credit: Jason Daniel Shaw) The Teatro Massimo di Palermo has announced that the recital of Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci scheduled for Nov. 15, 2020 has been redesigned due to the ongoing concerns over COVID-19. The new program will include Tosti’s “Quattro canzoni d’Amaranta,” Ottorino Respighi’s “Liriche,” “Venezia” by Reynaldo Hahn, and Francis Poulenc’s “La voix humaine.” Donald Sulzen will {…}

Teatro Grattacielo 2019 Review: 25th Anniversary Concert

Established in 1994, Teatro Grattacielo’s mission has always centered spotlighting often-overlooked Italian operas between the years of the 1890’s and the 1930’s, with the hope of reintroducing them to the public’s consciousness. On Sept. 28, 2019, the company kicked off its 25th season with an anniversary celebration, presenting Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “La Boheme,” Alfredo Catalani’s “Loreley,” and Ottorino Respighi’s “The Sleeping {…}

Teatro Grattacielo To Celebrate 25th Anniversary This September With Verismo Trilogy

The Teatro Grattacielo will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala performance featuring three unique works by Italian composers. The performance, set for Sept. 28, 2019 at the Gerald Lynch Theater, will feature the first act from Leoncavallo’s “La Bohème,” Act two from Catalani’s “Loreley,” and the third act from Respighi’s “Sleeping Beauty.” The performance will be conducted by {…}