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01 December 2013

Music and Theatre


Giuseppe Verdi’s Bicentennial


Events and the staging of "Falstaff" to celebrate the composer's 200th birthday


November 9, 13, 16, 21, 24 - December 1, 2013

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Opera


The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute will present a series of events to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial, in conjunction with LA Opera’s Falstaff, including the unveiling of a bronze bust of Giuseppe Verdi, based on the famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini, and cast for this special occasion by the master craftsmen of the Florentine artistic foundry Fonderia Marinelli.


In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff.
LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, praised internationally for his mastery of Verdi, conducts this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights, starring Italian baritone Roberto Frontali. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. In addition to Roberto Frontali as Sir John Falstaff, cast includes acclaimed singers Carmen Giannattasio as Alice Ford and Marco Caria as Ford.

Originally a co-production between the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), the Teatro Comunale (Florence) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.


02 December 2013

Music and Theatre

Maestro Daniele Rustioni - photo ©Carlo Cofano
Maestro Daniele Rustioni - photo ©Carlo Cofano

Concerts by the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Academy


To wrap up the end of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the Accademia del Teatro Alla Scala Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Daniele Rustioni, will hold an exciting musical performance in the best Italian musical tradition, with a repertoire encompassing Rossini, Puccini and Verdi as well as great Italian and America symphonic works


December 2, 2013
December 4, 2013

Chicago, Harris Theatre
Bethesda (MD), Strathmore Music Center


Thanks to the support of the Fondazione Bracco, the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala Orchestra will present a concert conducted by Maestro Daniele Rustioni*, one of the youngest and most renowned Italian conductors.   

The Accademia will take us on a fascinating journey with the music of Rossini, Puccini and Verdi and other pieces of the great Italian and American symphonic repertoire.


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The Accademia Teatro alla Scala is a truly unique institution in the training of the arts. It counts 900 students, many of whom foreign, and offers over 40 courses in four different areas: Music, Dance, Stage and Lab, and Management.

The Orchestra of the Accademia is one of the Theater’s points of excellence. With the guidance of renowned musicians and Teatro alla Scala professionals, it aims at inserting young and talented musicians in the most famous orchestras in Italy and world-wide.


The “USA 2013” project is part of the activities developed by the Fondazione Bracco and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, an ideal partner to promote Italian culture in the world and, at the same time, give young people an opportunity to develop their own talents. And these goals are shared by the Fondazione Bracco which sees Italian Culture, Art and Science as a means to improve quality of life and social cohesion, in Italy and abroad and, on the other hand, support to education teaching and professional training.


The Orchestra Conductor will be Maestro Daniele Rustioni*, one of the youngest and most renowned Italian conductors (he turns 30 this year).


*At the age of 30, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation as stated by the INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2013 that has recently awarded him as the “Best Newcomer of the Year”.

In March 2011 he appeared for the first time conducting Aida at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he will return in the 2013/14 season. In October 2012 made his debut at Teatro alla Scala with La bohème and was immediately re-invited to celebrate Verdi and its anniversary conducting a new production of Un ballo in maschera directed by Damiano Michieletto. The critic of THE TIMES has affirmed: “Clearly another rising talent destined for big things”.
In June 2011 he was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, one of the well-known Italian symphonic orchestras. In February 2013 he became the Music Director of the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari.


Daniele Rustioni studied at the Milan Conservatoire, where he graduated as organist, composer and pianist. He studied conducting with Gilberto Serembe and continued at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena under Gianluigi Gelmetti and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In In 2007 Gianandrea Noseda became his main mentor and gave him the chance to make his debut with the Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Daniele received Antonio Pappano’s personal guidance on operatic repertoire.

Daniele Rustioni regularly conducts the best Italian opera houses such as Teatro Regio Torino, La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as well as festivals such as Rossini Opera Festival, where he made his debut in the summer of 2012. In the fall of 2012 he conducted for the first time at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari.
In the UK Daniele Rustioni has conducted at the Opera North and at the Welsh National Opera, where he will come back in the fall of 2013 for an important “belcanto” project including new productions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux. Daniele Rustioni made his debut in the US at the Glimmerglass Festival conducting Medea by Cherubini and returned for his debut with the Washington National Opera in March 2013 conducting raising star Angela Meade as “Norma” in March 2013.
Future opera engagements include debuts at the Opéra National de Lyon for a new production of Simone Boccanegra, at the Bayerisches Staatsoper for Madama Butterfly as well as at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and at the Opernhaus in Zurich.


Daniele Rustioni has an intense symphonic activity: beside his strong collaboration with the Orchestra della Toscana that he will also lead in a concert at the KKL of Lucerne in May 2012, he has already conducted the best Italian orchestras such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. He has also conducted the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Helsinki Philharmonic. He will make his debuts next season with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Orchestre Philhaermonique de Montecarlo.

Recording activities includes Erwin Schrott’s latest opera arias album for Sony Classical. 


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Maestro Daniele Rustioni - photo ©Carlo Cofano

03 December 2013

Music and Theatre




In Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi


December 3, 2013 - 6 pm

East Orange (New Jersey)

Seton Hall University


Classical lyric music concert in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi. Arias from Verdi’s most famous operas will be performed such as Rigoletto, La Traviata,  Il Trovatore, Macbeth, Nabucco, Un ballo in maschera e Don Carlo.


Classical lyric music concert in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi. Arias from Verdi’s most famous operas will be performed such as Rigoletto, La Traviata,  Il Trovatore, Macbeth, Nabucco, Un ballo in maschera e Don Carlo.


Singers: Alok Kumar (tenor), Julie Lima (soprano), Jeremy Galyon (bass) e Sara Murphy (mezzo-soprano)


Conductor: Jason Tramm

Mid Atlantic Chamber Orchestra.




16 December 2013

Music and Theatre


An Enchanted Christmas


A Heart-warming concert with holiday favorites and the beloved carol sing-along


Monday, December 16, 2013 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 21, 2013 | 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Washington DC

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, conductor
Children's Chorus of Washington
Joan Gregoryk, artistic director


Experience the glorious sound of the Choral Arts Chorus and the Children’s Chorus of Washington as they unite with a chamber orchestra to perform holiday favorites including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Celebrate the Year of Italian Culture in the United States with a set of Italian carols. The concert concludes with a sing-along, and audiences leave with the spirit of Christmas in the hearts.


Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased through:

Choral Arts: 202.244.3669 |

Kennedy Center: 202.467.4600 |


The Italian repertoire includes:

Venite alla Capanna        arr. Giorgio Vacchi

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle     S. Alfonso Maria de’ Liguori

Maria Lavava                      Giorgio Federico Ghedini

Ninna Nanna                      Bruno Bettinelli

Barechu                               Salomone Rossi

Rorate Caeli                        Salomone Rossi