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Neapolitan Folk Music and Opera

If you look at the song list on any popular tenor album, you’ll notice that along with the opera favorites (Una furtive lagrima, Che gelida manina, E lucevan le stelle) there are often Neapolitan folk songs that are not taken from any stage opera production. Songs like ‘O sole mio, and Torna a Surriento, for example. So […]

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Rome in the Time of Tosca

Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca, takes place in Rome over the course of about 36 hours. Indeed, the opera has even been performed in real time at the actual locations within The Eternal City, such as the 1992 version starring Placido Domingo and Catherine Malfitano. The opera is based on a French play, La Tosca, where the playwright described […]

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Taormina, the Jewel of Sicily

Hanging precariously off the top of a mountain, staring down 700 feet at the Ionian Sea, and graced by centuries of fluctuating architecture, bougainvillea and citrus blossoms.  Taormina is, with good reason, among the greatest treasures of Sicily. After visiting Taormina, most foreigners go back home telling everyone that it’s the most beautiful place that they’ve seen in all […]

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