Art

Puccini, La Bohème, and Italian Opera

Whenever I think of the opera, memories of my father come to mind. You may have heard me share the very special recording of my father, a vocalist, singing the traditional Italian Christmas carols. My Dad was a mechanical engineer, but … Continue reading

The Basilica of St. Mary Major

The Basilica of St. Mary Major, is one of the four papal major basilicas, and the largest, and perhaps oldest church dedicated to the Blessed Mother in the western world. It is also known as “Our Lady of the Snows” … Continue reading

Milan’s La Scala Opera House

Toscanini, Verdi, Puccini – just some of the great names of conductors and composers associated with Milan’s famous Opera House, Teatro alla Scala. Most of the greatest singers in the past 200 years, such as Enrico Caruso and Maria Callas, … Continue reading

The Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo

The Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo The Sistine Chapel was built in the Vatican between 1473 and 1481, on order of Pope Sixtus IV, and dedicated on August 15th, 1483, the Feast of the Assumption. It is the Pope’s private chapel. … Continue reading

Upon This Rock – All Roads Lead To Rome

Whether one is a faithful Catholic or just interested in taking in the overwhelming religious art found in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums overall, you’ll need to plan ahead. Same goes for taking part in a Papal event such … Continue reading