Calamari! Hang on to Summer A Little Longer

Even though aisles are already loaded with Fall and Halloween decorations, and everyone is insisting that autumn is upon us, I am still hanging on to summer as long as possible. Even though this favorite season of mine officially ends … Continue reading

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

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

Matera & Festa Della Bruna

I absolutely love Matera, as it is one of my favorite places in Italy and covers one third of my Italian heritage. Matera is in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, and is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements … Continue reading