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Fabrizio Freda. Inventing the Unexpected for the Selfie Generation

Interview with Fabrizio Freda, CEO of American luxury beauty products company Estée Lauder

Claudio Del Vecchio: The Key to Success is in Learning How to Listen

Interview with Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO of American luxury clothing brand Brooks Brothers, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year

Frontaliers Disaster: An Evening of Swiss-Italian Comedy, Language, and Conversation

To celebrate Italian Language Week 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Switzerland held a joint event to demonstrate how language can be an opportunity to unify, not divide.

“Ferrante Fever”: A Documentary on the Success of the Pseudonymous Author, Directed by Giacomo Durzi

The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington presented Ferrante Fever, a documentary by Giacomo Durzi. The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring movie director Giacomo Durzi and Ann Goldstein, the American translator of Ferrante’s novels, moderated by Laura Benedetti, professor of Italian at Georgetown University.

Celebrating the International Day of Italian Contemporary Art in DC

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. hosted a conversation on new trends in Italian Art. The panel, New Directions: Italian Contemporary Art in the United States, featured curator Ilaria Bernardi and artist Massimo Bartolini, along with Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, co-founders of Magazzino Italian Art, a museum in the Hudson Valley dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art

Travels in Molise: Splendors of the Samnites and their Scions

Discovering the Wonders of the Bel Paese. A small region of 1,714 sq miles and little more of 300,000 inhabitants, located between Abruzzo and Apulia, Molise is a land rich in history, full of mountain- and hilltop towns that look like nativity scenes, hermitages and monasteries, and vestiges of the ancient world.

When Tourism Becomes more Burden than Bounty

Until now, tourism has been hailed as Italy's magic beam, transporting the country beyond the losses from runaway factories and ever more present robots. Nevertheless a small but serious reaction against the vast influx of tourists is becoming evident.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Between Lombardy and New York

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance genius, the Morgan Library presents a preview of the film "Being Leonardo da Vinci" by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory (October, 9 2018) Also, don’t miss the historical re-enactment in costumes dedicated to Leonardo during the Columbus Day parade on Fifth Avenue (October, 8 2018)

Libiamo! The Upcoming Production of La traviata with the Washington National Opera

Powerful vibrato and soaring arias echoed through the Embassy of Italy on the evening of Monday, September 24, revitalizing the classic opera La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian Cultural Institute and the Washington National Opera (WNO) presented a special preview of this famous story of love and of sacrifice, which debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on October 6.

A Trailblazer of Italian Modern Art

The Center of Italian Modern Art is a non-profit exhibition and research center that opened its graceful and airy SoHo loft in the beginning of 2014. For its 2018-19 academic year CIMA presents “Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà,” in collaboration with Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.

Italy Chooses the Movie that Goes to the Oscar: Is “Dogman” by Matteo Garrone.

The Film, loosely based on a true story of crime, will compete to enter in the final 5 titles for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Celebrating the First Contemporary Performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s The Musical Bee (L’ape musicale)

Three occasions to celebrate in New York Cityt he First Contemporary Performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s "The Musical Bee". "L’Ape Musicale" will be staged at Columbia in its first modern rendering on October 15 and 17 at 7:30 pm in Low Memorial Library, the most prestigious building on campus. The opera will be performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari under the conduction of Donato Renzetti; it will be directed by Davide Garattini Raimondi. On Tuesday, October 16, the same ensembles, conducted by Renzetti, will be at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Little Italy, Da Ponte’s own parish (where his funeral was held 180 years ago), for a concert recalling the charity event held there on June 22, 1826, an “Oratorio for the Benefit of the Orphan Asylum” that starred Manuel García and his daughter Maria Malibran. A one-day symposium will cover a wide range of research on the early days of European opera in the U.S.Lorenzo Da Ponte and the Birth of Italian Opera in New York at The Italian Academy, Columbia University (1161 Amsterdam Avenue • New York, NY 10027).

Adventures in Italian Opera is Back at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

World’s foremost opera experts Fred Plotkin resumes his series, Adventures in Italian Opera, where he sits down with a multitude of esteemed guests from the opera world.

Inge. Quell'amica schietta e diretta

Inge Feltrinelli, the last queen of publishing, a revolutionary between the past and the future, has left us quietly. The following are a few, yet incisive, words by a writer on a woman whose unique vision has defined both her own publishing house and the Italian publishing industry at large, with the intent to change the world with books. Inge Feltrinelli, l'ultima regina dell'editoria - rivoluzionaria tra passato e futuro - ci ha lasciato in punta di piedi. Il ricordo di uno scrittore. Poche ma incisive parole su una donna che, con idee chiare, ha accompagnato non solo la sua casa editrice, ma tutta l'editoria italiana, nell'intento di cambiare il mondo con i libri

Twenty-two Short, Shorter and Shortest Stories About Women

Known for her great sense of humor, Ciresi mixes the tragic with the comic in many of these stories about women in relationships that are beginning, ending and often static.

The Sentiments of Precious Stones

We sat down with Patrizia Di Carrobio, an international dealer in jewels, diamonds and precious stones, to talk about her latest book—in both English and Italian—in which she shares with readers her passion for jewels with anecdotes and stories from her own life.

Writers, Photographers Fight to Keep Venice Alive and Authentic

The battle against the big ships that overwhelm Venice and its canals with tourists is being fought by politicians and groups of irate citizens. But it is also being fought in photographs and books that celebrate the city and its traditions.

Jazz and the Value of Immigration

Jazz music was born over a hundred years ago in the slums of New Orleans thanks to the melting pot of races, ethnicities, lifestyles, styles of talking that Louisiana’s great port city represented.

Consolidation Work at Pompeii Reveals New Fresco of Priapus

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, the image of Priapus represented the origin of life itself, plus good luck and business success. Now, during consolidation work at Pompeii, archaeologists discovered a fresco painting of Priapus, weighing on a scale his huge phallus against a pile of coins.

Alberto Giacometti: The Core of Life

An insightful look into the Swiss Artist's Italian side on show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.