Zeffirelli’s Last Dream in Verona,

To be in Verona for an opera evening at “Arena,” it is always a great treat, but it was more so last night for the second to last performance of “La Traviata.” Verona’s gracious architecture, the vast Piazza Bra with its imposing amphitheater lit up for the summer opera program fills you up with excitement […]

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Mantova: Gonzaga, Chagall (and Rigoletto)

Actually the first two have absolutely nothing in common! Gonzaga, Chagall, and Rigoletto The exhibition by Chagall (From September 5, 2018 to February 3, 2019, at Palazzo Della Ragione), provided a good excuse to travel to Mantova. We were blessed with a crisp—if cold—day with no fog! Mantova is a tricky city to visit because […]

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