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Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden

Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
The Cleveland Opera & Cleveland Ballet
July 24, 2022

Dedicated in 1930 as "a symbol of the contribution of Italian culture," the Italian Cultural Garden hosted opera concerts in the 1930's and 1940's.

Fountain in Italian Cultural Garden


In 2008, Joyce Mariani led the effort to revive the concerts for the public and to showcase two of Italy's highest at forms: opera and ballet.

The annual Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden was held on Sunday July 24, 2022 and featured The Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet. The volunteer crew at the Garden included Matt Silvaggio, Robert Lippucci, Chuck Giomuso, Mike Spena, Tom Antonello, Tom Berardinelli, Brittany Giomuso Kroboth, Susan Varga, Laura DeCesare, Cori Lupton, Mary Anne Baucco, Connie Adams, Barbara Walker.

One of the fun parts of the Opera is the people watching. See a full page of people at the opera. Who do you recognize?

Here are a few samples from the evening where over 2,000 people enjoyed the beautiful garden setting and world-class performances.

Crowd at Italian Garden opera


In this opening number, Dorota Sobieska and Mikhail Urusov sang Brindisi from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.



Members of the Cleveland Ballet performed Pas de Trois from Le Corsaire by Riccardo Drigo.

Charles Austin Piper sang Si puo, Si puo from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

11 year old Alex Cosma sang Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

11 year old Alex Cosma also sang Torno a Surriento by Giambattista De Curtis.

Rachel Pollock sang and members of the Cleveland Ballet danced to Ave Maria from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni.

Don't miss the People at the Opera page. Who do you recognize?

Here are some images of the performers.

Tony Marotta of Radio Italia of Cleveland served as MC

Tony Marotta of Radio Italia of Cleveland served as MC


Dorota Sobieska and Mikhail Urosov

Dorota Sobieska and Mikhail Urosov


Amy Yekel

Amy Yekel


Laura Avdey

Laura Avdey


Charles Austin Piper

Charles Austin Piper


Alex Cosma

Alex Cosma


James Binion, Dorota Sobieska, Misha Urosov and Laura Avdey

James Binion, Dorota Sobieska,
Misha Urosov and Laura Avdey


Cleveland Ballet performers

Cleveland Ballet performers


Cleveland Ballet performers


Cleveland Ballet performers


Cleveland Ballet performers


Cleveland Ballet performers


Don't miss the People at the Opera page. Who do you recognize?

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