In 1930, the Italian Cultural Garden opened as a "symbol of Italian culture." Almost 70 years ago the Italian Garden hosted the San Carlo Opera in the lower level amphitheater. In 2008, the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation revived this tradition by presenting Opera in the Garden.
Another huge crowd attended the July 20, 2014 performance by the artists from the Opera Per Tutti Opera Company.
Congratulations to Joyce Mariani, Executive Director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, and her team for this tremendous event.
While the photos and videos below capture some of the event you really need to experience it live. Check out Opera per Tutti's performance schedule and make plans to attend the Opera in the Garden in 2015.
The evening began with Tony Marotta of Radio Italia who welcomed the crowd to the performance by Opera per Tutti in the Italian Cultural Garden.
Tony Marotta of Radio Italia
Marotta told of the history of the Opera in the Garden and of the improvements being made to the Italian Garden.
Jacqueline Gerber, morning voice on WCLV FM/104.9, served as Narrator for the evening.
Jacqueline Gerber of WCLV
The performers from Opera per Tutti consisted of Sopranos Andrea Anelli and Rebecca Freshwater, Tenors Dan Doty and Leodigario Del Rosario, Baritone Mark Wanich and pianist Jeanette Davis.
The performance began with soprano Andrea Anelli who sang Casta Diva from Norma by Vicenzo Bellini.
Baritone Mark Wanich performed Hai gia vinta la causa from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart.
Baritone Mark Wanich and Soprano Rebecca Freshwater performed the duet La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni by Mozart.
Rebecca Freshwater and Mark Wanich
Soprano Rebecca Freshwater performed the aria Prendi, per me sei libero from The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti.
Tenor Leodigario del Rosario performed Ricondita armonia from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
Leodigario del Rosario
Soprano Andrea Anelli performed Vissi d'arte from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
Tenor Dan Doty performed Parigi e la citta from La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini.
Tenor Leodigario del Rosario and Soprano Andrea Anelli performed the duet O soave fanciulla from La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini.
Andrea Anelli and Leodigario del Rosario
Baritone Mark Wanich and Sopranos Andrea Anelli and Rebecca Freshwater performed Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte by Mozart.
Pianist Jeanette DavisMore about Opera per Tutti
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