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Teatro Massimo in Palermo opens its season with a rarity: Jeanne DArc au Bcher by Arthur Honegger (until 26 Jan). It is a dramatic oratorio which recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of its first...

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Romes opera theatre opens its winter season with Faust by Charles Gounod (24 Jan-5 Feb), with direction, sets and costumes by Hugo De Ana. What will this acclaimed director come up with for a work tha...

Capital quality of life

Rome has jumped 14 places in an annual ranking of Italian provinces according to the quality of life they offer. The Eternal City and environs took 21st place in the classification for 2002, buoyed by...

A wee Scots corner of Tuscany

It can come as a bit of a shock when the grocer in a little Tuscan village greets you with a perfect Glasgow accent and the barman in a nearby cafe asks you if you want a wee cup of coffee or a bigger...

Filming Italy from the margins

Matteo Garrone is reluctant to admit that he admires Fellini. Too many Italian directors have fallen into the trap of imitating Fellini, he says. He adds that while working on his last film, LImbalsam...

The 2003 horoscope of Italian politics

This is Silvio Berlusconis second January as prime minister. A year ago it was interesting that he had survived longer than his first attempt at government in 1994. This new year the honeymoon with th...

Euro inflation one year later

It is now just over a year since the advent of the euro, and Romes tramps were the first to sum up the upshot of the money system more clearly than anyone else as yet. Soon after it was introduced the...

Opera notes

Teatro Comunale in Bologna will open the 2003 season with a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi (19-31 Jan). The direction, stage sets, costumes and lighting will all be by Denis Krief, a...

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Verdis La Traviata goes on stage at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (15 Dec-4 Jan) with direction by Giancarlo Sepe. The same production was staged in Padua only two months ago, where it received mixed rev...

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Teatro San Carlo in Naples opens its new season with Don Giovanni by Mozart (12-29 Dec). Neapolitan film director Mario Martone obviously has a weak spot for Mozart: having made his dbut with Cosi fan...

From darkness to light (review of Rembrandt exhibition)

Rembrandt spent most of his hours in the quest for the nature of materiality and light. He loved surfaces flesh against fur, steel against velvet, how they glowed and clashed. He looked for brightnes...

Coming soon to an enoteca near you

Bigi productions presents an IGT Umbrian wine starring Sangiovese and Merlot. The story of the union of two grape types; its a story of passion between a land and a climate in the year of 1999. Rated...

The modern "City di Roma"

There are two types of people, says Raffaele Ranucci. Those who make problems and those who resolve them. We belong to the latter group. The president of EUR Spa is not shy about explaining the compan...

Present finder

Only four shopping weeks until Christmas and you still havent found gifts for everyone? Dont panic! A new UK-based company is offering an internet service that supplies ideas for presents and purchase...

Id like mine slow, please

In Italian, Slow Food is feminine and, with the accent, comes out as la zlo foud (heavy on the final d, of course). Founded in the Piedmont region in the early 1980s, the Slow Food movement has been i...

Opera notes

Verdis Macbeth goes on stage at Teatro Comunale in Florence (28 Nov-5 Dec). The work has become a feature of the repertoire of many Italian opera houses; the most recent production dates back to the S...

Opera notes

The new season in Milan gets underway at Teatro degli Arcimboldi on 7 Dec. It opens with Iphignie en Aulide by Gluck (until 21 Dec). This opera was written for Paris in 1774; Gluck wanted to win back...

Viaggiatori appassionati. Elihu Vedder e altri paesaggisti americani dellOttocento in Italia.

Vedder was a very successful painter, illustrator and decorator in his time. Born in lower Manhattan of Dutch parents in 1836, he lived his long life mostly in Italy. When he died in 1923 he was burie...

Viterbo's beautiful fountains

Viterbo, less than an hours drive north of Rome, is still a bit of a mystery to most Romans. The city is famous for its perfectly preserved mediaeval quarter and for the unique Santa Rosa festival tha...

The German expressionists look dated and dull

In its own time, a brief period which began before world war one, German Expressionism seemed daring and exciting. It grew out of late Impressionism and an impatience with academic tradition. It was p...
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