Buongiorno! You are invited to attend Viva l’Italia, a gala celebrating all things Italian on Saturday June 15 in San Francisco with the Consul General of Italy Mauro Battocchi, the Mayor of Napoli, and the President of the gorgeous Teatro di San Carlo opera house pictured below.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Concert
7:30 pm Gala Dinner
Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco
Viva l’Italia benefits a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Verdi Requiem at the War Memorial Opera House on October 25, 2013 which will bring together the orchestras and choruses of both the San Francisco Opera and Teatro di San Carlo, the historic opera house in Naples founded in 1737.
The gala features a special performance by Maestro Nicola Luisotti and Tenor Francesco Demuro. Luisotti has been the music director of San Francisco Opera since September 2009 and the music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples since 2012. There will also be an amazing silent auction of stage costumes, original lithographs by Mimmo Paladino, and treasures from the Historical Collection of the Teatro di San Carlo.
2013 is the Year of the Italian Culture in the United States and that means it is time to listen to the great Italian composers, experience extraordinary Italian art and design, enjoy delectable Italian cuisine, and even visit the country if one is so fortunate.
As the daughter of both an opera singer and a symphony musician, I believe it is important to support the performing arts to keep our culture, creativity and spirit for life alive. While at Stanford, I studied in Florence, where my love affair with Italy began. I then moved to Milan and worked for the LEK Partnership for two years, learning Italian and leaving a piece of my heart on the beautiful cobblestone street Via della Spiga. My grandmother was 100% Italian, and a few years ago, I miraculously discovered our relatives living in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. We hope to see you on June 15 for Viva l’Italia!