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Opera in the Italian Cultural Gardens in Cleveland

For the first time in 63 years, Opera was performed in the Italian Cultural Garden on Friday June 27, 2008. Joyce Mariani, director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, said, "Opera was performed frequently in the 1940's and we are happy to present opera, once again, in the garden."

Opera Per Tutti, (Opera for all) led by Andrea Anelli performed arias, duets and ensembles from La Traviata, La Boheme and also selections of Mozart, Verdi and Bellini at the free concert.

Though rain fell during part of the performance, neither the artists nor audience of about 250 were disrupted. Colorful umbrellas appeared until the sun came back out.

Some sat in chairs near the performers while other brought chairs and blankets and spread out in all areas of the beautiful Italian Cultural Gardens.


Andrea Anelli and J.R. Fralick perform

Andrea Anelli and J.R. Fralick perform


Opera in the Italian Cultural Gardens


Andrea Chenoweth

Andrea Chenoweth


Opera in Cleveland Italian Cultural Gardens




Video of Puccini's show-stopping Nessun dorma from Turandot sung by Timothy Culver


J.R. Fralick and Brian Johnson

J.R. Fralick and Brian Johnson


Umbrellas at Opera in the Garden

When the rain began, the umbrellas came out


Timothy Culver and Andrea Chenoweth under the umbrella

Timothy Culver and Andrea Chenoweth under an umbrella


Opera in the garden

The show must go on!


Pianist Cara Chowning

Pianist Cara Chowning


Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor

Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor


Italian Garden Fountain

The Garden fountain made a great viewing location


Joyce Mariani, Director of the Italian Cultural Garden

Joyce Mariani, Director of the Italian Cultural Garden


Ward 8 Councilwoman Sabra Pierce-Scott

Ward 8 Councilwoman Sabra Pierce-Scott


Carmen and Kay Cesa

Carmen and Kay Cesa


Dorothy and James Lowder

Dorothy and James Lowder





Video of O Mimi, tu piu non torni from La Boheme
sung by J.R. Fralick and Brian Johnson


Dr. Al Musca and John Feighan

Dr. Al Musca and John Feighan


Patricia and Basil Russo

Patricia and Basil Russo


Opera Per Tutti's Andrea Anelli

Opera Per Tutti's Andrea Anelli


Andrea Chenoweth with fans after the show

Andrea Chenoweth with fans after the show


Thomas Berardinelli and Gino Colage

Thomas Berardinelli and Gino Colage


John Megyimori from the Hungarian Cultural Gardens

John Megyimori from the Hungarian Cultural Gardens


Mike and Joanne Ruggieri

Mike and Joanne Ruggieri


Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson


J.R. Fralick

J.R. Fralick


Narrator Molly McGinnis

Narrator Molly McGinnis


Opera in the Italian Gardens


Pianist Cara Chowning

Pianist Cara Chowning


Timothy Culver

Timothy Culver


William Marshall

William Marshall


Conductor Karen Prasser leads the ensemble in the closing sextet

Conductor Karen Prasser leads the ensemble in the closing Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor



Come back soon for more video clips from
the Opera in the Garden



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