Friday, June 26, 2015

E uscita la Newsletter di luglio, con tante pagine ricche di Opera, Film e foto dei nostri eventi.
Potete scaricarla qui:
 Buona Lettura!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra presents: Turandot

Tiziana Caruso

Puccini Turandot

Eckehard Stier CONDUCTOR

Nadja Stefanoff LIÙ
Thiago Arancam CALÀF
Runi Brattaberg TIMUR
Andrew Moran PING
Robert Macfarlane PANG
Richard Greager PONG
Warwick Fyfe MANDARIN

The Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Director John Rosser

Born in LuccaTuscany, Giacomo Puccini has become one of the greatest Italian composers since Verdi. His operas: Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La bohème and Turandot have become standard repertoire for opera around the world.
Thiago Arancam
 In July the APO brings to life one of the most popular operas of all time… Puccini’s, Turandot. Set in ancient Peking, the opera centres around the beautiful but vengeful Princess Turandot who has sworn against love and will only marry the man who can solve her three riddles. 

Those who fail are punished by death.
Prince Calàf, the deposed Prince of Tartary, answers the riddles, and Turandot, suddenly afraid, begs to be released. Calàf offers her a trial of his own: if she can find out his name by dawn, he will allow himself to be killed. 

With a talented cast whose eading roles are talented Italian’s Tiziana Caruso and Thiago Arancam, plus returning favourite Rúni Brattaberg (2013 Tristan und Isolde) this concert will be an outstanding performance of one of the most beautiful scores in opera, including one of the most popular of all tenor arias, ‘Nessun dorma’.

Will true love be enough to soften the vengeful princess' heart?
Find out at 7.30pm Friday 3 July, Auckland Town Hall
Book at or call 09 623 1052
Group prices  19% off,  and a range of price reserves starting from just $38.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Embassy of Italy Film Series - La sedia della felicita'/The Chair of Happiness (Carlo Mazzacurati) (2014)

Embassy of Italy Film Series FREE!!!
12 June, 6 p.miUniversity of Auckland Arts 1 Building, Level 2, Room 220.
La sedia della felicita'/The Chair of Happiness (Carlo Mazzacurati) (2014)
(In Italian with English subtitles)
Come to see acclaimed filmmaker Carlo Mazzacurati's last film before his untimely death in 2014.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Festa della Repubblica concert with Maestro Christian Leotta

Christian Leotta is a native of Catania, Italy, and now lives in Como. He studied with Mario Patuzzi at Milan’s Conservatory, at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation on Lake Como and at the Tureck Bach Research Foundation of Oxford, England.

Appearing in Montreal in 2002, at the age of only 22, Leotta is the youngest pianist since the youthful Daniel Barenboim ever to undertake a recital series encompassing the entire corpus of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas. Following the extraordinary success of his live performances, in 2007 Atma Classique signed him to record the entire corpus of the 32 Piano Sonatas in a collection of five two-CD sets, released between 2008 and 2014.

The international press hailed him as "one of the major Beethoven soloists of our time" (Pizzicato, Luxembourg). His affinity to Beethoven's music has been unanimously recognized thanks to "his prodigious technique used to better express the poetry of Beethoven’s music" (The Whole Note, Toronto).

Christian Leotta has worked with major orchestras such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Italian RAI National Television Orchestra, the Milan Symphony Orchestra “Giuseppe Verdi”, regularly performing in important theatres and concert halls world-wide.

Below some photos of the Italian reception after the concert, with Prosecco San Leo, Birra Peroni, Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma. Thank you to the Italian Embassy and Ambassador Carmelo Barbarello for a wonderful evening.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


2015 is the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri.

GAPS ARTS is marking this by a free Course reading and studying the whole Divine Comedy, and by a free series of Extra Special Lectures in June, at the GAPS venue in Avondale.

Extra Special Lectures (Free):
Sun., 7 June, 7.00 pm:
Sun., 14 June, 7.00 pm:
Sun., 21 June, 7.00 pm:

"Reading Dante's Commedia", Part 2, Purgatory.
This free on-going weekly course in English, is open for new enrolments for Part 2.  It begins Mon 22 June at 7.30 pm. (Part 1 has now closed).  The final session of Part 1, and first session of Part 2 are open to visitors as a taster. 
GAPS ARTS is a private group of enthusiasts, interested in "..... sharing the European heritage and culture, and seeing many strands as parts of a whole which has meaning ....... the focus here is on architecture, visual arts, literature, philosophy, theology, and the medieval period ....... the approach is theocentric rather than humanistic."
Regular GAPS lectures are usually monthly on Sunday starting at 7.00 pm. They have an interval, and finish by 9.00 pm, with further opportunity for informal discussion, and supper provided. Lectures and events are open to all, and are free. There are no subscriptions or membership requirements. Bookings are not required, unless requested in specific publicity. Enrolment may be requested for Courses.
Website:    Check website for all details.
The GAPS venue is at 17A Powell Street, Avondale, Auckland.  Enquiries: John Lewis, phone (09) 828 5579; email:

Friday, May 29, 2015

June's Newsletter

È pronta la Newsletter di Giugno!
You can read it online or download it by clicking the following link: 

Dates of relevance, among all other events:

6th of June: concert for the Festa della Repubblica (page 2)
12th June: La sedia della fortuna, Movie (page 3)
27th June: Colazione alla Dante

Also remember:

last day to register for the “Giochiamo in Italiano” program is the 29th of June e Pilates con Fiorella, every Tuesday and Friday

Buona lettura!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Italian school holiday programme for children, 7th-10th July, lunch included

Cari genitori,

Benvenuti al programma per le vacanze di luglio per i vostri bambini.
Vorremmo far diventare questi incontri degli appuntamenti regolari durante le vacanze scolastiche, stabilendo le date con anticipo.
E` una nuova proposta che risponde alle esigenze delle famiglie di mantenere la lingua e la cultura italiana ma che trovano difficolta` a far frequentare ai bambini la Dante durante l’anno scolastico, a causa del traffico, delle distanze di Auckland e delle numerose attivita` extrascolastiche.
Il Corso si svolgera` in 4 giorni, dalle 8.30 all’1.30 (o fino alle 3.30 per chi ne avesse bisogno) con pranzo incluso.
E` importante per noi ricevere un vostro riscontro  e vi preghiamo di girare l’e-mail ad amici e conoscenti italiani.
Grazie e a presto

La Cenerentola di Rossini for Dante Auckland members

Dear Members,

Once again you are able to book tickets through us if you wish to go to the opera with 10% discount and no booking fee(usually $8 per booking).
This wonderful production of La Cenerentola will be showing in Auckland at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on:

Saturday 30 May
Wednesday 3 June
Friday 5 June

Or 1 matinee:
Sunday 7 June, 2.30pm.

Ticket categories are:
C-Res $49.50 (no discount applies for this category but you won’t pay the booking fee if you book with us)

10% discount applies to the following categories:
B-Res $74.50
A-Res $98.50
Silver $124.50
Gold $148.50
Premium $189.50

If you wish to benefit from this offer, all you have to do is email Valeria at
Please make sure you specify the category, the number of tickets and the performance date of your choice.
Payment will be due only after Valeria collects the tickets. You will be informed by email when this is done.

Deadline: Thursday28th of May, 1pm.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Italian Foodies at Ponsonby Central

From 25th to 31st of MAY get started with your ITALIAN AFFAIR

Just for this week, and only at PONSONBY CENTRAL

136/146 Ponsonby Rd
Auckland 1011
Come along and taste Italian Foodies' products for a unique experience that will delight you.
Present your Dante membership card with any purchase to receive a 10% discount.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Third film of the Embassy of Italy Film Series: Tutti i santi giorni/Every Blessed Day

Third film of the Embassy of Italy Film Series: FREE!!!
May 22, 6 pm, University of Auckland Arts 1 Building, Level 2, Room 220.
Tutti i santi giorni/Every Blessed Day (Paolo Virzi) (2013, 101 minutes)
(In Italian with English subtitles)
Virzi's intimate romantic comedy about Antonia and Guido, a strangely matched couple madly in love. The film through its nuanced, well grounded characters, tells the story of their painful ordeal. Antonia is a strong willed, volatile musician from Sicily (and responsible for the film’s soundtrack); Guido is a bookish, gentle ancient language expert from Toscana. They want to have a child and are willing to try almost anything, including a treatment that involves chanting barefoot on the snow and a visit to the pope’s gynecologist.