Dino Valle and company are celebrating 2013: The Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. With the 7 p.m. Thursday lecture and performance of operatic arias and songs from 1500 to 2000 in the library auditorium. Valle, who is in charge of the group, as well as being its baritone, said that he has been lecturing and performing about 2013: The Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. for more than a year.
“Basically, what it (2013: The Year of Italian Culture in the U.S.) is is anything made in Italy in the last 500 years: arts, industry, customs, and music—from pop to opera.“I concentrate on the music end of it. I have lectured from Monteverdi to Puccini. Let's call these composers the Alpha and Omega of opera,” he said.
Tomorrow's lecture will concentrate on Rossini and Puccini, and the Neapolitan composers, according to Valle. Besides Valle, other featured performers are soprano Eva Evola and pianist Gina D'Lessio. Valle, co-founder and artistic director of Bellini Opera Theatre of Michigan, is also the founder of Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan and the Dearborn Opera.
Bellini Opera Theatre concludes the 2013 season at the library with its final performance dates of Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. The mission of Bellini Opera Theatre is to foster enjoyment of operatic music by today's audiences through concerts, lectures, full-stage opera and other outreach programs in Michigan, Florida and Italy. Bellini Opera Theatre of Michigan was co-founded by Rosolino Lo Duca, an opera enthusiast and native of Cinisi in the province of Palermo, out of his passion for the music of Vincenzo Bellini.
For more information about the program, call the Henry Ford Centennial Library at (313) 943-2330, or go to www.dearbornlibrary.org.