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
Video of Puccini's show-stopping Nessun dorma from Turandot sung by Timothy Culver
J.R. Fralick and Brian Johnson
When the rain began, the umbrellas came out
Timothy Culver and Andrea Chenoweth under an umbrella
The show must go on!
Pianist Cara Chowning
Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor
The Garden fountain made a great viewing location
Joyce Mariani, Director of the Italian Cultural Garden
Ward 8 Councilwoman Sabra Pierce-Scott
Carmen and Kay Cesa
Dorothy and James Lowder
Video of O Mimi, tu piu non torni from La Boheme sung by J.R. Fralick and Brian Johnson