ITALIAN OPERA SEASON BEGINS

 

Winter rings in the season for opera lovers in Italy, and this is a special year with tributes to Verdi, one of the most popular opera composers, on the occasion of his Bicentenary. Rome came first, with a triumphal start-off featuring one of the composer's earliest works, “Ernani”, conducted by Riccardo Muti. The premiere was attended by the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and his wife, Clio.


09 Dec 2013 More

GUBBIO'S GIGANTIC XMAS TREE


 

The town of Gubbio (Umbria), famed for its legendary wolf tamed by St. Francis of Assisi as well as its annual procession of enormous “ceri”, switches on the 750 coloured lights that illuminate the outline of a giant Christmas Tree stretching up the slopes of  neighbouring Mount Ingino on the 7 December 2013.


06 Dec 2013 More

VERDI CELEBRATES WITH LEGO

Giuseppe Verdi davanti alla Scala

 

An unusual tribute to Giuseppe Verdi on his Bicentenary has been set up in the Museo WOW Spazio Fumetti (WOW Cartoon Museum) of Milan, with a faithful reconstruction of La Scala theatre in lego blocks.

 

03 Dec 2013 More

BUDELLI ISLAND MAY STAY ITALIAN

Ecologists are rejoicing at the news that Budelli Island, considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world, may, in fact, remain in the hands of the Italian state. The little island, 1.6 sq kms, with a coastline of 9 kms, was put up for auction in October 2013.

30 Nov 2013 More

PIERO TOSI AWARDED OSCAR

Italian costumist, Piero Tosi, was awarded an Oscar for the Career at the recent annual Los Angeles ceremony. Tosi worked for many of Italy’s leading film directors, such as Zeffirelli, Visconti, De Sica, Fellini, Pasolini and Bolognini, creating spectacular costumes, such as Angelica’s ball-gown in the waltz scene of “The Leopard”, worn by Claudia Cardinali.


27 Nov 2013 More

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