SCOTT M HOFF
Presidente, Club Italiano per piacere
Siamo lieti di invitarvi a venire a sentire la storia di Guido Weiss, un professore di matematica molto premiato, e anche la storia dei propri genitori che hanno anche contribuito in un modo significativo al mondo accademico. Professore Weiss era nato a Trieste, Italia ed ha vissuto a St Louis fino alla sua morte nel dicembre 2021.
Suo padre, Edoardo Weiss, ha fatto un gran contributo al campo della psichiatria e collaborava spesso con Sigmund Freud, uno dei psicologi più famosi in quel campo.
Sono interessanti non solo per il loro contributo accademico e le loro menti brillanti. Essendo ebrei in Europa poco prima della seconda guerra mondiale, hanno dovuto patire molte difficoltà e alla fine hanno scelto di emigrare dall’Italia agli Stati Uniti dopo essere stati sponsorizzati da un psicologo importante di quell’epoca.
La storia di questa famiglia sarà presentata da Iva S. Youkilis, Professoressa di Italiano alla Washington University in St Louis.
Speriamo che possiate venire a chiacchierare e ad apprezzare la storia di questa famiglia interessantissima con noi alla nostra prossima riunione di Italiano per Piacere, il 6 Aprile. Diamo quindi il nostro caloroso benvenuto alla Prof.ssa Youkilis e arrivederci a mercoledì 6 aprile per un incontro che combinerà l’amicizia, la cultura e la buona tavola. Come il solito ci incontreremo nella nostra sede, il ristorante Pan D'olive sulla McCausland alle ore 18:30. Prenotate al più presto rispondendo all’invito che riceverete via email da Evite, oppure chiamando Scott Hoff al 314-304-5972 o inviandogli una email a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy twelve Italian films—dramas, comedies and documentaries during the 2022 Italian Film Festival's Spring Edition being held online from March 11 through April 3, 2022. All films are shown in Italian with English subtitles. The Italian community in St Louis thanks Barbara Klein for organizing this yearly event. All online screenings are free.
Links and codes to the screenings are sent to everyone who has subscribed to the email list of the Italian Film Festival. To sign up, please send an email to email@example.com. For further information on the film festival, make sure to visit: www.italianfilmfests.org
DOCTOR ON CALL - UNA NOTTE DA DOTTORE
Director, Guido Chiesa, Comedy, 2021, 98 min.
March 11, 2PM CST until March 12, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
Pierfrancesco is a 65-year-old doctor who makes house visits during the nightshift. He’s a grumpy man, full of aches and pains and very rough with his patients. One night he’s involved in a road collision with Mario, a thirty-year-old rider for a food delivery service. Mario is uninjured, but his bicycle is destroyed. The accident also causes Pierfrancesco sciatica to flare up, making it impossible for him to drive. Both of their jobs are in jeopardy, but the doctor has an idea that could help them both: “remotely guided” by Pierfrancesco via a wireless headset, Mario visit his patients, and they’ll also carry out Mario’s delivery in Pierfrancesco’s car. After a range of daring (mis)adventures, they will learn to support each other, and the night will end with their lives both changed for the better.
THOU SHALT NOT HATE - NON ODIARE
Director, Mauro Mancini, Drama, 2020, 95 min.
March 12, 2PM CST until March 13, 3AM CST - available 12 hours
Simone is an established surgeon with a satisfying life. During canoe training, he witnesses a car accident and, as a doctor, he intervenes to save the victim. When he discovers a Nazi tattoo on his chest, he hesitates, leaving the man to his fate. In the following days, Simone, tormented by guilt, starts investigating and finds the victim's family in a working-class neighborhood.
WINE ROADS - SULLE STRADE DEI VINI
Director, Paolo Casalis, Documentary, 2021, 60 min.
March 13, 2PM CST until March 14, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
A group of friends vacation along the bike paths of South Tyrol becomes an opportunity to tell the stories of a land and culture through its wines. Nell'era del turismo lento e di prossimità, Sulle strade dei vini è un viaggio nella regione più bike-friendly d'Italia: quasi 500 chilometri di piste ciclabili, il sogno di ogni cicloturista. Director Paolo Casalis, who also gave us the film Barolo Boys, returns to tell the world of wine through a trip of winery visits, meetings with more than twenty wine producers, toasts and tastings. Biodynamic and resistant vineyards, international grapes and autoctone varieties, tradition and innovation. if it is true that the world of wine can take a wide variety of different paths, even the less traveled or ones that others will only take in the future.. here they are really trying it all with courage and determination. Whether we like it or not.
VITTI D'ARTE, VITTI D'AMORE
Director, Fabrizio Corallo, Documentary, 2021, 80 min.
March 18, 2PM CST until March 19, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
A documentary focused on one of the best-known female faces in Italian cinema, particularly in the second half of the twentieth century. Monica Vitti is a name that immediately refers to the great cinema, that of Antonioni, of which she was his muse, and of Monicelli, with whom she collaborated several times. But there were many other filmmakers who wanted her in front of their camera, from Dino Risi to Luciano Salce, up to the surrealist Buñuel. It is a tribute to her career and her life. It traces the artistic rise of a star, divided between cinema and TV, where she has not only acted in TV series but was also a guest in various programs. Inevitably, one cannot fail to mention the private life of this woman, capable of being defined as sunny and at the same time introverted. Many people, from friends and colleagues, to critics and writers, and costume experts, share their memories. Despite being forced by her illness to avoid the stage and the spotlight, Vitti remained an international movie star until her death February 2, 2022.
Director, Silvio Soldini, Drama, 2021, 120 min.
March 19, 2PM CST until March 20, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
The life of Camilla, a successful lawyer with a young adult daughter, is upset on a rainy night in Milan. A traffic accident in which she is involved causes the death of a young immigrant and pushes her to an investigation that will bring her far from places and situations she is most familiar with. While on this journey, she will meet Bruno, and with him she will rediscover herself.
Director, Tommaso Santi, Documentary, 2021, 52 min.
March 20, 2PM CST until March 21, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
Stracci is a documentary that starts from Prato and travels around the world, addressing the issue of the environmental impact of the fashion industry. The heart of the documentary is the story of an extraordinary, ancient and highly topical circular economy experience: that of the recycling of wool by the textile industries of the Prato district, an example to follow.
ARIAFERMA - THE INNER CAGE
Director, Leonardo di Costanzo, Drama, 2021, 117 min.
March 25, 2PM CST until March 26, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
An old prison built in the 19th century, located in a remote and unspecified part of the Italian territory, is being decommissioned. As a result of bureaucratic holdups the transfers have been blocked and a dozen inmates are left, along with a few guards, waiting to be sent to new destinations. In a suspended atmosphere, the rules that keep them separate are slackened and new forms of relationship emerge among the remaining men.
MOMENTI DI TRASCURABILE FELICITA' - ORDINARY HAPPINESS
Director, Daniele Luchetti, Comedy/Drama, 2019, 93 min.
March 26, 2PM CST until March 27, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
One morning Paolo hops on his scooter off to work. For his daily bravado he crosses an intersection with the red lights on, gets hit by a truck and dies. What if for a miscalculation in Paradise, you get an extra hour and a half to live after death trying to achieve what really counts in life...being with the people you care your partner, your children, your friends and with them enjoy just little things! How to cram happiness in an hour and half?
Director, Miriam Cossu Sparagano Ferraye, Documentary, 2021, 33 min.
March 27, 2PM CST until March 28, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
Borgo Vecchio, Palermo: we are in the great universe of the Puppets’ Opera from the Sicilian tradition, we are in the small theater-laboratory of the Mancuso family. Carmelo, son of a master puppeteer, lives in this place full of fantasy and imagination. He plays with the verses he has heard so many times during the shows: trying to imitate the grown-up tone of his father’s voice, he gives life to the puppets with arcane dexterity. His eyes shine in that fairy tales’ world, where raw pieces of wood take shape to narrate, as in an eternal return, the chivalrous stories of love and war. Here’s how a young man just at the beginning of a great knowledge makes his way towards his future.
PROGRAMMA DI CORTOMETRAGGI - SHORTS PROGRAM
April 1, 2PM CST until April 3, 2PM CST - available 48 hours
Seven recent short films will be presented in one short film program lasting approximately 115 minutes. Each short is preceded by a director video. The audience will vote on their favorite short favorite short.
IL BAMBINO NASCOSTO - THE HIDDEN CHILD
Director, Roberto Ando', Drama, 2021, 110 min.
April 2, 2PM CST until April 3, 2AM CST - available 12 hours
Gabriele Santoro lives in a working-class district of Naples and is a professor at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella, where he teaches piano. One morning, while he is shaving, the postman sounds the buzzer to tell him a parcel has arrived. He presses the button to open the door and, before going to pick it up, stops to wash his face. In that brief span of time, a ten-year-old boy sneaks into his apartment and hides. “Il maestro”—that is what they call him in the neighborhood—will not discover the boy until late in the evening. When he does, he recognizes the intruder as Ciro, who lives with his parents and siblings in the top floor of the same building. Asked to explain the reason for his flight, Ciro does not talk. Nonetheless, the maestro, acting on instinct, decides to let him hide in his apartment, embarking on a singular, and tenacious, defiance of Ciro’s enemies. Based on the novel “Il bambino nascosto” by the director, Roberto Andò.
FORMAGGI D'AUTORE - ARTISANAL CHEESES
Director, Marco Leopoldi, Documentary, 2018, 33 min.
April 3, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time til 3:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 5
This documentary tells the story of small dairymen and cheesemakers of the Alta Val Brembana, an Alpine area near Bergamo. Our journey starts in the stables and production facilities during winter. Then we travel to the storage areas where the cheese is kept to age. The dedication, antique traditions and love for cheese is extraordinary and the results are the famous cheeses of the area—Agrì, Stracchino all'Antica and others—along with local culinary specialties, such as polenta taragna and nosècc, that you will want to try next time you're in Italy!
Favolacce (Bad Tales), directed by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, is a dark tale of relational dynamics in a small community of families. The movie is set in a suburban area, south of Rome, an isolated space where everything feels trivial and monotonous. At the center of the story is the family of Bruno (Elio Germano), Dalia (Barbara Chichiarelli) and their twelve-year-old diligent children. This apparently normal and peaceful family portrait hides an uncomfortable restlessness. Their lives and relationships remain in a precarious equilibrium, like a house of cards. Victims of the guilty passiveness of their parents, the kids are left with a deep anxiety and discomfort that transforms into anger. They are bound to an ideal life desired by their parents, who do not understand that happiness is not artificially constructed.
Presented by our friends at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Reserve access to the screening at this link:
Favolacce, diretto da Damiano e Fabio D'Innocenzo, è una favola dark che racconta le dinamiche dei rapporti umani in piccola comunità di famiglie e i loro figli adolescenti. L’ambientazione è quella di una periferia meridionale di Roma, uno spazio suburbano isolato, dove ogni cosa è banale e monotona. Protagonista della storia è una famiglia composta da Bruno (Elio Germano), Dalia (Barbara Chichiarelli) e i loro diligenti figli dodicenni. Questo normalissimo e tranquillo ritratto di famiglia nasconde un'irrequietezza per nulla confortante. La loro vita e i loro rapporti rimangono in piedi in un equilibrio precario, come un castello di carte. Vittime della passività colpevole degli adulti, i ragazzi sentono una profonda angoscia e uno sconforto che si tramuta in rabbia. Sono incastrati nella vita ideale voluta dai genitori, che non hanno capito che la felicità non si può costruire artificialmente.
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We’re hosting an OPEN HOUSE for our Best of Italy Tour in September 2022 and we’d love to see you there.
WHEN: February 14, 2022 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: The Gelateria Coffee Company
3197 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63118
Join us for an open house at The Gelateria Coffee Company to meet your tour guides Jack Baumann of Guidester Travel and Michael Cross for their BEST OF ITALY TOUR in September 2022. Jack and Michael will be there to answer your questions, enjoy some delicious espressos with you, and speak to you personally about this once in a lifetime trip which will take you to Rome, Tuscany, Florence, and a surprise extension trip to Bologna, our sister city!
ABOUT THE TRIP | PRICE $4,100
On your 10-day inclusive tour experience stunning architecture, rich history, vibrant culture, and world-class food as we make our way through two of the most beautiful and historic areas of Italy. Spend 5 nights in Rome as we explore the winding cobblestone streets and top highlights of the Eternal City. Take a private tour of the Vatican and Colosseum, walk down the streets of the ancient forum, have dinner in a local home, sip wine on a rooftop bar, and get to truly live like a Roman. Enjoy a day trip outside the city to the famous Castelli Romani, "Roman Castles", and the quaint village of Tivoli. Spend 4 nights in Siena, the heart of Tuscany, exploring hilltop villages, dramatic landscapes, and historic vineyards all while being treated to first-class foods and top-notch wines. We will visit the famous villages of Montepulciano and San Gimignano including a special lunch and wine tasting, plus a guided tour of Florence and the Accademia Gallery, which houses the famous Statue of David.
Expertly selected 4-star accommodations and private transfers to and from the airport. In case you wish to book pre or post tour hotel accommodations, the tour manger can assist with those arrangements. Hotel Genio, Rome, is a perfectly situated 4-star property with a prestigious location in the historic heart of Rome. The location just opposite the famous Piazza Navona Square makes it the ideal base to explore the city with countless landmarks just minutes away. From the modern and elegant Hotel NH Siena, a short walk takes you into the heart of Siena, with its wealth of historical landmarks, Gothic architecture and pavement cafés.
-A small, friendly group of just 15-20 – less than half the size of most tour groups
-9 nights at 4-star historic accommodation (based on double room rates, single room supplement will apply)
-Full-time services of expert tour host Jack Baumann with over 15 years of travel experience.
-All transportation by luxury motor coach with driver and tour director
-Professor of Italian at St Louis Community College, Michael Cross will join the tour and share his insights of Italian history, culture, and language throughout the trip
-Personal Guidester travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
-Airport transfers to and from hotel on arrival and departure
-13 meals (9x breakfast, 2x lunch, and 2x dinner)
-Dinner in local Roman home
-Private walking tour of Rome
-Private tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and Sistine Chapel
-Private tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
-Private walking tour of Siena
-Full day Tuscany tour including visits to hilltop villages and historic wineries
-Private walking tour of Florence
-Private skip-the-line tour of Accademia Gallery and The David
-Private tour of San Gimignano including lunch and wine tasting
-Ticket wallets, and portfolio of travel documents
For more information, please see the following links:
Professor Frank Snowden from Yale University presents a virtual lecture on Lombardy at the Epicenter of the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Spring of 2020
This spring, the annual Paul and Silvia Rava Memorial Lecture at Washington University in St Louis is honored to present Professor Frank Snowden from Yale University. Now in its 25th year, the first Rava lecture was given by Franco Fido, and has been honored by leading lights in Italian literature, history, art history, and culture studies over the years.
Professor Snowden received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1975. His books include Violence and Great Estates in the South of Italy: Apulia, 1900-1922 (1984); The Fascist Revolution in Tuscany, 1919-1922 (1989); Naples in the Times of Cholera (1995) and The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962 (2006). Conquest was awarded the Gustav Ranis Prize from the MacMillan Center at Yale in 2007 as “the best book on an international topic by a member of the Yale Faculty,” the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association as the best work on Italy in any period, and the 2008 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine.
Please mark your calendar for February 24th, 2022 from 4-6pm CST. A word of gratitude to Rebecca Messbarger, PhD for putting this lecture together.
Presidente, Club Italiano per piacere
Ciao a tutti,
Spero che stiate tutti bene. È il nostro piacere invitarvi dopo tanto tempo a un evento speciale di Italiano per piacere, la cena di Natale. Avrà luogo a Pan D'Olive il primo giorno di Dicembre alle 18:30. Nella speranza di essere prudente, fino a questo punto non abbiamo avuto un evento pubblico con l'eccezione della favoloso festa di Ferragosto.
Avremo ancora buona compagnia, buon cibo e divertimento. Giocheremo a tombola e competerremo per i regali migliori che saranno forniti dal club. Siamo rimasti lontani per molto tempo a causa del COVID. Capiamo che in questi tempi ognuno ha la sua propria opinione su come gestire i rischi di COVID. Per questa riunione, ci sentiamo il dovere di fare dei piccoli cambiamenti per assicurarci che tutti siano al sicuro.
Protocollo COVID: Per proteggere l'un l'altro e i nostri membri piú vulnerabili, chiediamo che solo che chi si è fatto il vaccino partecipi a questo evento. Ci dispiace non poter accogliere i nostri membri non vaccinati e speriamo di vedervi a un evento futuro. Chiediamo che ognuno si assicura di non avere qualche sintomo preoccupante prima di venire. Chiediamo che ognuno indossi la mascherina quando non si è seduta a tavola. La nostra sala potrebbe ospitare 80 persone ma ci limitiamo ai primi 40 a rispondere. Tutti i camerieri saranno vaccinati e indosserano le mascherine.
Prezzo della cena: Dobbiamo comunicarvi che il ristorante ci ha spiegato che devono aumentare il prezzo della cena da 35 dollari a 45 dollari. (A causa dell'inflazione recente)
Come il solito ci incontreremo nella nostra sede, il ristorante Pan d’olive sulla McCausland alle ore 18:30. Prenotate al più presto rispondendo al invito su EVITE. Si può anche contattare Scott Hoff al 314-304-5972 con un SMS o una chiamata. Infine, si può anche prenotare via un'email a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non vediamo l'ora di vedere tutti voi!
Enjoy seven Italian films—dramas, comedies and a documentary—a program of shorts and, for the very first time, four episodes of a TV series during the 2021 Italian Film Festival's Autumn Edition being held online from October 29 through November 20, 2021. All films are shown in Italian with English subtitles. The Italian Community thanks Barbara Klein for organizing this event. All online screenings are free. Links and codes to the screenings are sent to everyone who has subscribed to the Italian Film Festival's email list. To sign up, send an email to email@example.com. For further information, visit www.italianfilmfests.org
WHEN MOM IS AWAY • 10 GIORNI SENZA MAMMA
Director, Alessandro Genovesi, Comedy, 2019, 95 min.
Friday, October 29, 3 pm EDT until 3 am EDT on October 30 • available 12 hours
Carlo and Giulia are married with three children. Carlo, completely absorbed by work, is an absent father, while Giulia, who had left her work to devote all her time to the family, is tired and stressed. When she decides to treat herself to a ten-day vacation, Carlo will be forced to be a full-time “Mr. Mom.”
OUR GHOSTS • I NOSTRI FANTASMI
Director, Alessandro Capitani, Drama, 2021, 90 min.
Saturday, October 30, 3 pm EDT til 3 am EDT on October 31 • available 12 hours
Valerio and his son Carlo live in the attic of their former apartment. Every time new tenants move into the apartment, they scare them away in hope of being able to return living "downstairs". Things will change when Myriam moves in.
Director, Laura Luchetti, TV Drama, 2021, each episode is approximately 22 min.
Based on the Norwegian drama, it tells the story of teens who must deal with consequences of their online behavior.
Episode #1 Saturday, October 30, 3 pm EDT til 3 pm EDT on October 31 • available 24 hours
Vittorio is a popular and successful student. His plans get derailed when he is reported to the police by Marta.
Episode #2 Saturday, November 6, 3 pm EDT til 3 pm EST on November 7 • available 24 hours
Vittorio tries to live a normal life while in the midst of his personal drama.
Episode #3 Saturday, November 13, 3 pm EST til 3 pm EST on November 14 • available 24 hours
Vittorio finally apologizes to his friends and to Marta. But are his intentions honorable?
Episode #4 Saturday, November 20, 3 pm EST til 3 pm EST on November 21 • available 24 hours
Vittorio seems to finally come to terms with his own responsibilities.
THE BIG STEP • IL GRANDE PASSO
Director, Antonio Padovan, Comedy, 2019, 96 min.
Friday, November 5, 3 pm EDT til 3 am EDT on November 6 • available 12 hours
Dario and Mario, two brothers who resemble each other physically but have completely different personalities and dreams. They find themselves in the face of an impossible venture.
Director, Andrea Segre, Drama, 2021, 100 min.
Saturday, November 6, 3 pm EDT til 3 am EST on November 7 • available 12 hours
Two heirs of a family of fishermen are at odds over the unstoppable transformation that is changing the life and identity of Venice. Pietro would like to continue fishing for moeche; Alvise, instead, sees their home on Giudecca as the ideal instrument to join the real estate elite that rules the city.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM • PROGRAMMA DI CORTOMETRAGGI
Comedy, Drama, Documentary, 105 min.
Friday, November 12, 3 pm EST until 3 pm EST on November 13 • available 24 hours
Eight films—Er Collera Moribbus, Lo schiacciapensieri, Giusto il tempo per una sigaretta, Gas Station, Come a Mìcono, L'armentario, La triste vita del mago, and La gita.
THE GREAT SILENCE • IL SILENZIO GRANDE
Director, Alessandro Gassmann, Drama, 2021, 106 min.
Saturday, November 13, 3 pm EST til 3 am EST on November 14 • available 12 hours
Villa Primic, once a luxurious home, has been put up for sale. A painful decision, taken by Rose, and reluctantly shared by the two heirs to the family's dilapidated fortune, Massimiliano and Adele. The only member of the family who is not at all happy with the decision is the head of the household, Valerio, who will discover that he has never really known his loved ones and, perhaps, not even himself.
Director, Doriana Monaco, Documentary, 2021, 54 min.
Friday, November 19, 3 pm EST til 3 am EST on November 20 • available 12 hours
The daily routine at the Archaeological Museum of Naples: exhibitions are mounted, restoration projects are underway, visitors from around the world move spellbound from room to room.
WHEN MOM IS AWAY…WITH THE FAMILY • 10 GIORNI CON BABBO NATALE
Director, Alessandro Genovesi, Comedy, 2020, 100 min.
Saturday, November 20, 3 pm EST til 3 am EST on November 21 • available 12 hours
On their way to Stockholm, Giulia, Carlo and their children meet Santa Claus. Their RV road trip gets even messier than it was at the start because nothing seems to go as planned.
President, St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities
The St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities proudly invites you to its 3rd Annual Italian Christmas Concert entitled Benedetta Orsi & Friends starring internationally acclaimed mezzosoprano and Bologna native, Benedetta Orsi Aquino, along with members of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Missouri - St Louis Choir. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 7PM at Christ the King Catholic Church in St Louis.
The concert will also feature Gail Hintz, piano; Jim Henry, bass; Marta Simidtchieva, cello; Thomas and Tricia Jostlein, horn; Klaus and Max Jostlein, violin & cello; and the University of Missouri - St. Louis Choir under the direction of Jim Henry.
Tickets are $15 per person. Ages 10 and younger are free. Tickets are available on Eventbrite:
A word of gratitude goes to Msgr. Mike Turek, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St Louis and Pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church for allowing us to use his beautiful church.
Special thanks go to the following individuals and organizations for sponsoring this event: Arteco Global, World Trade Center - St Louis, Mr. Giorgio Bucci, Mrs. Kristine Galati, Mr. Vito Alu, Mr. Anthony Lancia, Sir Steven Gilroy, Mr. Jack Baumann, Guidester Travel, Mr. Kevin & Lori Rejent, and Cav. Franco & Nerina Giannotti.
ABOUT BENEDETTA ORSI
Italian mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi has been praised by Teresa Berganza as “perfect voice for belcanto.” She is one of the 2018 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Opera by St. Louis Theater Circle for her Carmen, reviewed by Broadway Opera World: “Benedetta Orsi has a quite breathtakingly beautiful voice, full and rich, with such easily accessed resources of power. She gives us a simply perfect “Habanera".
Orsi is one of only a few contemporary mezzo-sopranos to have performed all three of Donizetti's Tudor Operas: Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Sara in Roberto Devereux with Royal Opera Theater in Manchester, UK. Recent performances also include Adalgisa in Norma with Winter Opera St. Louis, the title role of Carmen with Winter Opera St. Louis, Boulder Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, and Amore Opera in New York, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Miami Lyric Opera, and Maddalena in Rigoletto with Amore Opera in New York.
Her first album Christmas Around the World won the Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles as Best Album and Best Female Vocalist. Her new album La Voix de l’amour, a collection of French operatic arias and art songs, was released last Winter for the international label Limen Music. Along with concert appearances at Carnegie Hall in NYC and throughout Italy, England, United States and Spain, Orsi’s performance credits include roles in Verdi's Rigoletto, Trovatore, Bellini's Norma, La Sonnambula, and Romeo and Juliet, Rossini's L’Italiana in Algeri and Il Turco in Italia and Massenet's Werther.
Benedetta is a first prize winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition (IVC), First Prize and Star Performer Award in the American Protégé IVC; Third Prize Winner of the Roschel IVC, and Audience & Orchestra Award in the Boulder Music Institute IVC. In her homeland, she received the Audience Award and Special Prize of the Italian Music Federation during the 28th International Piero Boni International Singing Competition.
Orsi received her bachelor degree in Music and Voice from Modena’s Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Orazio Vecchi, pairing her studies with numerous master classes and stage workshops taught by opera luminaries such as Marilyn Horne, Luciana Serra, Teresa Berganza, and stage director Chuck Hudson. Later, she received her Master in Voice at the Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna.
The Swiss-Italian film ATLAS by Niccolò Castelli will be featured at the 30th St. Louis International Film Festival from Nov 4 until Nov 21, 2021. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.
Plot: "Telling a straightforward story in an intriguingly nonlinear fashion, ATLAS follows Allegra, a lively young woman with a passion for high-mountain climbing, as she attempts to recover from a devastating event. Allegra — played by Italian actress Matilda De Angelis, who recently co-starred with Nicole Kidman in the HBO miniseries “The Undoing” — travels to Morocco to climb in the Atlas Mountains, but her trip ends abruptly when a man explodes a bomb in a coffee shop and her three friends die in the attack. Months later, unable to overcome the trauma, she returns to her city, where an encounter with Arad, a young Muslim refugee, forces Allegra to confront her fears and altered perception of reality and to heal her profound interior wounds. Swiss-Italian director Niccolò Castelli sets himself the goal of expressing, through images, sophisticated and elegant, thanks to the photography of Pietro Zuercher, the horror of an experience from which no one comes out unscathed. From this perspective, the trauma experienced by Allegra becomes a metaphor for a collective and social fear that has infiltrated our privileged society, robbing us of a tranquility that we thought was eternal.”
FILM IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
To view the film, click HERE
La XXI Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo si svolgerà dal 18 al 24 ottobre 2021 e avrà come tema DANTE, L'ITALIANO (DANTE, The Italian) in occasione del 700° anniversario della morte del Sommo Poeta.
La Comunità italiana di St Louis, insieme con il Club Italiano per piacere, St Louis Italian Language Program, e St Louis-Bologna Sister Cities, propone un ricco programma di eventi a tema dantesco.
Dal 18 al 24 ottobre sarà reso disponibile online il film muto “L’Inferno” di Francesco Bertolini, accompagnato da una sonorizzazione registrata dal vivo dal jazzista Marco Castelli. Il film, primo lungometraggio della storia cinematografica italiana, è stato a lungo disponibile solo in copie danneggiate, mutile o censurate. Dopo un lungo lavoro di restauro curato dalla Cineteca di Bologna è stato restituito alla sua prima edizione, alla corretta successione delle inquadrature, alla pienezza della sua luce e dei suoi colore. Alla proiezione seguirà un commento al film del prof. John P. Welle, massimo esperto di cinema muto negli Stati Uniti e Professore Emerito di italiano all’Università di Notre Dame.
Il 19 ottobre il professore dell’Università di Austi, Guy P. Raffa, illustrerà la sopravvivenza e la fama di Dante nella cultura contemporanea americana durante la lezione online “La fortuna americana di Dante: a lezione con Guy P. Raffa”.
Infine, dal 18 ottobre al 18 novembre saranno disponibili online: “Liszt & Dante: Una Fantasia quasi Sonata – Recital di Daniela Roma”, un video prodotto dall’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, e “Ombre”, tre video in cui i danzatori della compagnia di danza italiana “Artemis Danza” fondata e diretta da Monica Casadei, reinterpreta brani selezionati della Divina Commedia. La colonna sonora alterna musiche originali composte da Luca Vianini e brani di musica sacra di Giuseppe Verdi, intervallati dai versi più celebri di Dante.