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Dear Friends,
We hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe. We are happy to present to you a virtual version of our Community Calendar of Events. We hope you will enjoy it.

If a specific event listed below does not include a Zoom link, please contact the hosting organization to obtain the link.

Calandra Institute Webinar: Diversity in Italian Studies
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute will host a series of webinars with authors of the recently published volume, Diversity in Italian Studies (Calandra Institute, 2021)

Thursday, June 24, 1:30 PM EST: Curricular Matters 1
Thursday, July 8, 1:30 PM EST: Race and Ethnicity
Thursday, July 22, 1:30 PM EST: Gender and Sexuality
Thursday, August 5, 1:30 PM EST: Curricular Matters 2

The discussions will be moderated by the co-editors, Sian Gibby and Anthony Julian Tamburri.

Information on how to register for future Webinars is forthcoming.

Center for Italian Modern Art
Schifano and Friends: Marina Sagona
July 2 (Friday) 12:001:00pm
Online event.
This conversation and Q&A is part of a broader series titled Schifano and Friends, which explores the relationship and connections between Mario Schifano and the work of other American and Italian artists and intellectuals.
Marina Sagona is an Italian and American artist living in New York City. She works in a variety of visual media, often around the concepts of control, sometimes collaborating with other artists. Sagona was born in Rome and first started her artistic career as an illustrator working in the publishing world. In Rome she was assistant to artist Mario Schifano.

CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art
Michelangelo's Vatican & Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour with Licensed Guide
This hour-long digital tour of the Vatican includes an English-speaking, licensed, and expert Vatican guide. Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica all from your computer. Live Q&A session with your guide.
Cost: $15

Carrying the Giglio Tradition in America Since 1903!
Feast 2021 Dates: July 718
We are continuing preparations for the return of the feast this year! As we work with local officials to ensure COVID safety, guidelines will be followed!
Looking forward to seeing you all!

My Body, My Country: Composition in 2D and 3D
Through July 26
Participants create 2D (drawing, photography, video, collage and mixed media), and later 3D compositions (site-specific, installations, dance, theater and performance art). Open to all!
School of Visual Arts
Continuing Education
For more information contact:

Online Workshops
by Anabella Lenzu
August: Composition/Choreography Workshop
Mondays from 11:00am1:00pm
August 2, 9, 16 & 23
All classes are via Zoom.

This workshop will give you the tools to create your own original dances, exploring the elements of composition, both for the stage as well as for dance films. Participants will create solo studies based on choreographic problems. Dance is the expressive medium of our heart, mind, and soul.
For more information contact:

Casa Belvedere, Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021
Annual Tuesday Night Outdoor Italian Film Festival

Special Opening Night! Team Marco
July 13 (Tuesday) 8:00pm
Watch the movie and meet the director!
Filmed entirely on Staten Island, including Casa Belvedere, Team Marco is the debut feature film from Boro Five, founded by writer/director Julio Vincent Gambuto, who grew up in Rossville on the South Shore.
Young Marco is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down, and he’s forced to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce - the world’s oldest game - and to the neighborhood crew of old-school seniors who play daily at the local court. Appropriate for ages 9 to 99.

Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 Stanno Tutti BeneEverything Is Fine
by Giuseppe Tornatore
July 20 (Tuesday) 8:0010pm
Matteo Scuro, a retired Sicilian bureaucrat and opera buff, has been stood up by his five adult children during the summer vacation, all of whom live in various cities on the Italian mainland with what he believes are responsible jobs. His children are named after popular opera characters: Tosca for Puccini's Tosca, Canio for Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Norma for Bellini's Norma, Guglielmo for Rossini's Guglielmo Tell, and Alvaro for Verdi's La forza del destino. Despite their not visiting and the neighbors’ criticisms, he remains optimistic, considering that his children could not come because they are too busy. He decides to surprise each of them with a visit, traveling by train, and finds none of them as he imagined, with each of his children seeming to reflect the opera character after whom they were named.

Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 Road to the Lemon Grove
August 3 (Tuesday) 8:0010:00pm
An uplifting story about a deceased Sicilian father negotiating his way into heaven. However, the only way in is to go back and repair his relationship with his reluctant son, reunite his feuding family, and help all find love in places they never imagined. A touching blend of humor and heart, Road to the Lemon Grove takes an inspirational journey from the backbone of America to the soul of Sicily.

Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 Pranzo di Ferragosto Mid-August Lunch
August 10 (Tuesday) 8:0010:00pm
The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio stars in his directorial debut - an utterly charming tale of great food, feisty ladies, and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager's mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy's biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven.

Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 Il Segreto di Santa Vittoria – The Secret of Santa Vittoria
August 24 (Tuesday) 8:0010:00pm
The story is set during World War II in the summer of 1943, immediately after the fall of Italy's Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, when the German army moved to occupy most of the country. The only substantial source of income for the little hill town of Santa Vittoria is its wine.

Cinema Sotto le Stelle 2021
Special! Voyage to Procida (2020), by Federico Siniscalco
August 31 (Tuesday) 8:0010:00pm
Watch the movie, and meet the director and executive producer!
Leonardo comes from the small island of Procida. Surrounded by his family and friends, his life is tranquil and defined by the sea. Like many of his fellow-islanders, he makes his living aboard ships. By chance he meets Georgia, a young woman from New York, and a relationship is born. Unexpected circumstances lead Georgia to Procida. She learns much about its women from whom she’ll find the strength to face her future.

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island
Contact: 718-273-7660 for more information

Enjoy free online performances, and stay tuned for more information
on the 2021-22 season!
Operas — Sunday Concerts — Free Performances
Locations vary as noted.
TBA: A free sneak peek at our latest opera production,
fully staged with piano accompaniment and English supertitles.
No tickets or reservations required.
Links to the summaries of the various arias:
See all free video performances at:

Regina Opera Company Free Concert
August 25 (Wednesday) 7:008:30pm (Rain date August 26)
A free concert will be presented,featuring opera and popular selections, sung by several of Regina Opera's leading role singers.
Sponsored by State Senator Andrew Gounardes.
Marine Park, next to the bocci courts
Enter at 3000 Fillmore Avenue, at Madison Place, Brooklyn
Free parking lot - entrance at East 32nd Street and Avenue S
Audience should bring chairs or a blanket.
Visit Regina Opera's website for more details:

New York City Opera
Celebrate Summer with City Opera!

August 21: Now That's What I Call Opera! at Bryant Park

August 29: Rigoletto at Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice in Kingston, NY

September 3: Rigoletto at Bryant Park
Bryant Park Upper Terrace
Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
40th and 42nd Streets, Manhattan

While still free and open to the public, please note that unlike past summer series, these performances will require Eventbrite ticket registration beginning two weeks in advance of each performance; and proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Read more about Bryant Park's ticketing and COVID-19 protocols on their website.
Contact: 646-981-1888

The Metropolitan Opera Guild
This Metropolitan Opera Guild online course includes lectures in the form of live webinars to help bring our in-person programming to our online learners.

Visit the website for more detailed information:

Behind the Music: Verdi Voices Course, Opera 101: Opera History Course, New Live Virtual Lectures, and more!   

Course: La Divina and the Callas Effect
Maria Callas—referred to as La Divina by her devoted worshipers—is widely considered opera’s greatest diva. Join us in this course to explore how she epitomizes the gold standard against which today’s singers are still compared sixty-four years after her Met debut. This course is currently available in its entirety for participants to view at their own pace. Participants will have access to this course for sixty days.

Course: Verdi Voices
Giuseppe Verdi was the major Italian musical dramatist of the 19th century and one of the more important opera composers in history. In this four part course, lecturer Jane Marsh will discuss Verdi's use of the voice and its development across his compositional periods This online course is currently available in its entirety for participants to view at their own pace. Participants will have access to this course for sixty days.

Visit the website for more detailed information:

The Metropolitan Opera
New Episode Available Now
Aria Code, the Met’s acclaimed podcast collaboration with WQXR, so popular—even beyond the opera house—and looks at how its message of courage in the face of adversity has helped make it a global anthem of resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subscribe to Aria Code wherever you get your podcasts.

In Theaters Wednesday, August 4
Met Summer Encore
Puccini’s Tosca
Tickets on Sale Now!
The Metropolitan Opera’s captivating production of Tosca returns to select cinemas this summer in a performance recorded live from the Met stage in 2018. Puccini’s musical thriller of love, lust, politics, and murder—following the jealous diva Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, the painter whose revolutionary ideals lead them both into tragedy—remains one of the most riveting works in the operatic repertoire.
In Italian, with English Subtitles

The Garibaldi Meucci Museum Upcoming Exhibition:
Dates and time TBD
The Garibaldi Meucci Museum in Staten Island is pleased to present Poetic-Action, a site-specific installation by contemporary artists Anna Lise Jensen and Alyssa Casey.
Garibaldi Meucci Museum
420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island
Contact: (718) 442-1608

Rhythm Is the Cure Online Drumming Classes!
The World Needs Healing! 
Featuring the ancient and cathartic rhythms of the tarantella, led by internationally renowned singer, percussionist, author Alessandra Belloni. Weekly classes ongoing for beginners and advanced students.
Length: 90 minutes 
Registration for one class: $40 group or $85 individual lessons
Contact: Alessandra Belloni, for more information

Weekly Classes with Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera 
You will be guided to find the pitch, to sing the melodies and harmonize too. It is a great addition to work on singing the songs for students that are separately learning the drumming.
For Class Schedule and Pricing email: for registration link on Zoom

For Opera Lovers
From Italy Online organized by the Scarsdale Adult School, NY.
Contact: 914-723-2325     •