The increasingly popular New Year's Concert from the La Fenice theatre in Venice will be shown live on Italian television and relayed to many other countries around the globe. It goes in direct competition with Vienna's concert but here in the land of opera the focus is on Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi.
Desirée Rancatore (soprano), Antonio Poli (tenor) and Luca Pisaroni (baritone) are the soloists with Daniel Harding conducting the Fenice's orchestra and chorus.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.