Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s screwball comedy returns to the Benedum for the first time in seven years
Pittsburgh Opera presents Mozart’s beloved madcap comedy The Marriage of Figaro, at the Benedum Center November 4th -12th.
Figaro is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna. In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur – the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson while they’re at it.
The cast includes a quartet of talented American singers making their Pittsburgh Opera debuts plus some returning favorites.
Debuting are bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, a mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera, as Figaro; star soprano Joélle Harvey, singing the famously challenging role of Susanna; baritone Christian Bowers, who recently sang in Bordeaux and Malta, as philandering Count Almaviva; and eight-year Met Opera veteran bass Brian Kontes as the scheming, meddling Dr. Bartolo.

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2017 Italian Heritage Day

Italian Heritage Day is an annual program offered by the Senator John Heinz History Center that occurs on the first Sunday of October. The main objective of Italian Heritage Day is to offer fun, interactive activities for families to learn about Italian American history and culture together. All activities, which are facilitated by local organizations and museum representatives, are designed with the whole family in mind; we have arranged them so that tutta la famiglia can play together.

Besides fun family activities, Italian Heritage Day also features local Italian American organizations that offer programming in our region year round. Visit the bazaar to find out where they meet, when they meet, and what aspect of the Italian culture they specialize in. Learn how you can celebrate your Italian heritage every day!

Read more at the Heinz History Center website.

Sunday, Feb. 19: Esercito Concertante with Luisa Sello

Esercito Concertante

Featuring Luisa Sello, Anton Niculescu,  & Aurora Sabia with special guest Charles Mengine

Sunday, Feb. 19 | 5 p.m. | Heinz History Center’s Detre Library & Archives

$15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, military, Mondo Italiano and History Center members 

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of World War I, an army of musicians will transform the letters of soldiers from the war from pain into art. This original program is inspired by letters by Pittsburgh soldier Paul Howe (Paul Howe Papers and Photographs, 1902-2005, MSS 734, Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center) and coordinated in partnership with Istituto Mondo Italiano.

This event features live instrumentation by international Italian flutist Luisa Sello, cellist Anton Niculescu, and pianist Aurora Sabia and readings performed by actor Charles Mengine.

The concert is a part of the project ‘Great Music’ supported by the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and organized by the Association Amici della Musica of Udine and is included in the calendar of the Events for the celebration of the ‘World War 1915-1918.’ 

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Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country

On Monday, February 20th, at 1 PM, at the Mt Lebanon Public Library, Rich Venezia will be presenting Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will be genealogical in nature, and is geared towards both beginners and intermediate-level researchers who are interested in learning more about their Italian heritage.

They will be discussing tips on finding the exact place of Italian origin, the basics of Italian records, what’s available and where, and tips and tricks for finding elusive ancestors. Discover your famiglia and make Nonna proud!

The lecture is being sponsored by Mt Lebanon Genealogy Society, with more information here: http://www.mtlebanonlibrary.org/306/Genealogy-Society

More information on Rich’s lectures can be found here: http://www.richroots.net/.

See You on Italian Heritage Day!

Come and see us at the Heinz History Center for Italian Heritage Day this Sunday from 10am-3pm! Sample our delicious homemade bread and Aroma seasoning. And back by popular demand—we will also be selling our ‘Don’t be a Chooch’ shirts as well as other great merchandise. Stop by and say hello!

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