Italian Birds of Passage: The Diaspora of Neapolitan by Simona Frasca

By Simona Frasca

This publication experiences the interval from the unification of Italy to the fascist period via major Neapolitan performers similar to Gilda Mignonette and Enrico Caruso. It strains the transformation of a favored culture written in dialect right into a well known culture, written in Italian, that contributed to the creation of "American" identification.

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It is equally interesting to consider the number of schools of music, acting, and dance advertised in La follia di New York, which were found in the three boroughs and the two decades mentioned earlier: 1. 2. 3. 4. The acting school of Giovanni De Rosalia at 421 East 116th Street The Italian conservatory of music in Brooklyn The conservatory of music of Prof. A. Arulli on Madison Avenue The acting school of Salvator Lo Turco (formerly the Aguglia company) ITALIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN NEW YORK 31 5.

It holds 1300 and has wonderful acoustics and a marvelous organ made by the Aeolian Company. The heating and ventilation system is ultra-modern. This new theater is the ideal place for any artist desiring to give concerts or recitals. To this end, it has a special stage. 25 Considering some of these facts, like the number of seats, the organ constructed specifically for this theater, and the ventilation system, it is clear that the place was planned for performances of very high quality and appeal.

With an efficient operation based on the example of American radio broadcasting, the official Italian radio, especially those Italian-American stations that hosted broadcasts from Italy, was established to transmit, above all, cultural and musical entertainment. In regard to the latter, the choice was oriented toward symphonic and operatic repertoires and band performances. In particular the band performances turned out to be popular not only with immigrant audiences but also with Americans, few of whom had any knowledge of Italian music.

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