Bruce Weber photographed the dancers of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for the January 2011 issue of L'Uomo Vogue. ‘English Lads Can Dance!’ was styled by Deborah Watson, and the dancers are Richard … [Read more...] about English Lads Can Dance! says Italy’s L’Uomo Vogue
Gualtiero Marchesi, the first chef in Italy to earn three Michelin stars, has created two hamburgers and a dessert for the Italian menu of the world's biggest fast food chain. "I simply asked what … [Read more...] about Italy’s top chef is working at McDonald’s
The Milanese transport company is 80 years old. But why was Italy's most famous ballerina celebrating with the tram drivers? Well, her father was one, and famously rang his tram's bell as he passed … [Read more...] about So what was Italy’s ballerina Carla Fracci doing in the tram depot?
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is in the City of Angels appearing in "Così fan Tutte" at the Los Angeles Opera. The bass-baritone "projects a swaggering confidence and dangerous sex appeal" says the Los … [Read more...] about Ildebrando D’Arcangelo talks to the LA Times about hunkdom, acting, comedy and future roles
Italy has 16,145 people aged 100 or over, national statistics agency ISTAT said on Monday, adding that the vast majority of the nation's centenarians are women. ISTAT said there were 13,040 women … [Read more...] about Italy has over 16,000 centenarians
The J. Paul Getty Museum has added a prized, 750-year-old Bible from Italy to its noted collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts, and the museum says it will go on display December 13 as a … [Read more...] about Getty Museum acquires illuminated Bible from 1200s Italy
"Le canzoni della Mala" are songs about the Milanese underworld, most of which originated in the 50s when the great Italian theatre director Giorgio Strehler realised that Milan lacked a tradition of … [Read more...] about Ornella Vanoni wows the Milanese audience at the MITO Festival
Vittorio Grigolo, already saddled with the label "the new Pavarotti", gave a long interview to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera's Style Magazine. He talked about his love of motorbikes, … [Read more...] about Vittorio Grigolo talks about his voice, his art, his country… and motorbikes
Opera needs a small revolution. We live in the world of internet, a world of speed: without taking anything away from the great composers we must try to renew the directing style, eliminate repeats in … [Read more...] about Katia Ricciarelli “we must revolutionize the opera world” – oh really?
Today is the birthday of three European dancing ladies: Germany's Kessler twins, Alice and Ellen, and Italy's Carla Fracci. They weren't only born on the same day, August 20, but in the same year, … [Read more...] about Six dancing legs came onto the world stage 75 years ago, today
Italians are born to communicate, and they're loving their new mezzo - the smartphone. Now they have social networking apps to use alongside arm gestures and strong voices. Italians use smartphones … [Read more...] about Che sorpresa! Italy leads Europe in smartphone use
Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev in 1977 dancing at the Spoleto Festival in Italy … [Read more...] about Unpublished ballet: Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, Spoleto 1977
At the end of his first year with the San Francisco Ballet, Italian ballet dancer Vito Mazzeo has been promoted to the role of principal dancer. Mazzeo is a product of the school of the Teatro alla … [Read more...] about Italian dancer Vito Mazzeo is promoted to principal with the San Francisco Ballet
That perculiar competition The Eurovision Song Conest is with us again. Terry Wogan, who for years provided the BBC's tongue-in-cheek commentary to their coverage comments on Italy's return into the … [Read more...] about The Italians had a way with the Eurovision Song Contest that bordered on carelessness
Last night, only a month after being fitted with a pacemaker and having facial sugery after a fall, Riccardo Muti went against the wishes of his Chicago doctors and conducted Nabucco at the Rome … [Read more...] about Muti goes against doctors orders and conducts Nabucco in Rome
In 1967, so great was the fame of Italian ballerina Carla Fracci, that the RAI television dedicated an evening to her with a 'musical' - Scarpette Rosa (Pink Shoes). What is extraordinary is the … [Read more...] about Scarpette Rosa (Pink Shoes) with Italy’s great ballet star, Carla Fracci
Looking at the thriving specialist ensembles working from and in Italy today, Bartoli looks like a pioneer, but, she says, in straitened economic times it's not easy for musicians. Long based in Rome, … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli and her (highly personal) view of the Italian music scene
The Milan Town Council have a funny idea of a San Valentine's evening. In the land of fashion no red roses and candles but an invitation to see some crazy ballerinas. The 'Black Swan' (or rather 'Il … [Read more...] about My romantic Valentine’s Day invitation from Milan’s town council – to see Il Cigno Nero!
Before conducting the National Anthem and the 'Die Walküre' overture, Daniel Barenboim took up a microphone and, addressing himself to the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, … [Read more...] about Barenboim appeals from the pit for the defence of Italian culture
Several important figures in Italian cultural life, including Monica Bellucci and Luca De Filippo, gathered in the Quirinale Palace in Rome, the official residence of the President of the Italian … [Read more...] about Carla Fracci and Antonio Pappano awarded the De Sica prize by Italy’s president