I was going to reply to your question in my very mediocre Italian, but
then I realised that you may be requesting the information for someone
else and may not actually read Italian yourself.
The best site I found for your purposes is
It has a calendar of classical performance dates (in Italy), as well
as information on artists and agencies - just click the links on the
left hand side of the page.
Another site that may be useful is
It was down when I tried to access it, but as it is an 'official' site
it should be back up soon.
A great site about Italian musicians generally is
Although it is a site on *all* Italian musicians and musical genres,
entering artist names into the search engine (I tried Pavarotti)
brings up current news and information on that artist.
is the official site of La Scala opera house, and contains information
about the 2002-03 performance season, as well as information about the
theatre itself. There are some sections of the site that you will need
to register to access, but it's an absolutely gorgeous website.
In case news is not enough for you but you can't get to the opera,
offers free listening access to all of the classical and opera
recordings the domain holder owns. There is a truly amazing selection,
and it's searchable.
To find these sites, I searched using the terms 'musica opera
classicale italia', 'classical music news' and 'opera news' in
Google's 'advanced search', specifying that the pages returned should
all be in Italian.
I hope I have at least provided you with a useful starting point -
remember that most sites link to other similar sites they may be in
partnership with. If you are unsatisfied with my research and require
more of me, or feel that further clarification of your needs would
help return a better result, please do not hesitate to say so.
Request for Answer Clarification by
12 Sep 2002 06:32 PDT
The sites you identified are indeed a good "starting point" but,
although I am interested in concert dates, etc. I am more interested
in a "clipping service" type of sire (NY Times, for instance, sends me
daily up-dates from their music and opera articles.)Does something of
a more newsy focus exist? Or will I find in under news in the
promart.it section? Today's articles were not very interesting and
some are outdated. I need CURRENT, breaking news, interviews,
backstage stories, etc. Any further suggestions? (FYI-I am the user
and do read and write and speak Italian) Thanks!!
Clarification of Answer by
12 Sep 2002 08:18 PDT
pppgringa, I'm sorry for assuming you were after generalia rather than
Google's 'advanced search' option has a feature that enables you to
search newspaper headlines from the past week, however when I entered
the keywords 'opera classical music' all the articles returned were in
English; there is no option to search in any other language at this
http://www.gmn.com/ is a news and information site dedicated to
classical music, opera, theatre and other arts. It seems to be 'right
down your alley', but unfortunately it's in English.
http://www.mvdaily.com/ is 'the world's first daily classical music
magazine', but once again, it's in English.
http://www.cosmopolis.ch/musiclinks.htm provides a list of awards,
publications and official websites for classical music (and jazz);
unfortunately it too is in English.
The previous three sites were all found using google's 'directory'
function with the terms "opera classical music", unfortunately it is
not possible to search for Italian entries specifically.
I have however found a discussion group which focusses on opera and
classical music styles, it can be found at
I'm sure the people within the group will be able to point you in the
right direction if the English sites I've found for you are of no use.
Mi dispiace che not potrei aiutarsi piu,