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The opera is Don Pasquale by Gaetano Doninzetti and, for a change, it is a funny opera, un'opera buffa, as we would say in the traditional Italian operatic terms. In other words, nobody dies! Here is a synopsis of the opera from Opera Santa Barbara's own website: In this comic masterpiece, the doddering Don Pasquale has willed his fortune to his nephew, Ernesto, on the condition he approves of the young man's bride. Read more [...]
How did the women of ancient Rome live? How important were they in Roman society? Did they reach positions of power? Read more [...]
Once again, Circolo Italiano goes to the opera presenting this time Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. As you may already know, 2013 is not only the year the Italian Government has proclaimed to be "The Year of Italian Culture in the United States" but it is also the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Buon Compleanno, Maestro! Read more [...]
It is with great pleasure that the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara announces the line-up of the 2013 CINEMA ITALIANO CLASSICO. The movies will be introduced by ANNA BRUSUTTI, Cinema Italiano Artistic Director and UCSB's Film & Media faculty. Read more [...]