Vincent Ricciardi and La Toya Lewis Perform at Enrico Caruso Room Tonight
The Enrico Caruso Room at Little Italy's famed Grotta Azzurra Ristorante will present monthly Tuesday Night Opera & Dinner Shows beginning tonight, April 9, 2013 when tenor Vincent Ricciardi and soprano La Toya Lewis share the spotlight.
Under its new policy, Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Grotto), which opened in 1908 and was a favorite of the great Metropolitan Opera tenor Enrico Caruso in the early 20th century, will offer a four-course dinner and operatic performances by talented opera singers on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM.
The cost is $55 per person for dinner and performance, plus tax and gratuities. Call 212-925-8775 for reservations. Or reserve online at www.bluegrotta.com Immediately following each Tuesday night performance, there will be an impromptu Open MIC with young singers sharing their talents with everyone in the historic room. Dinner will be available starting at 6 PM.
(Because of the Easter and Passover holidays, the April Tuesday Opera Night is being held on the second Tuesday of the month, April 9. In May, the Tuesday Opera Nights will resume on May 7.)
The Caruso Room at Grotta Azzurra is the perfect place in New York for those who love opera, terrific performers and excellent Italian cuisine in a famous venue in historic Little Italy. La Toya Lewis and Vincent Ricciardi are preparing a special evening of grand opera arias and duets, Broadway tunes, Neapolitan folk songs and more. They will be supported on keyboard by the Caruso Room's renowned Music Director David Schaefer.
Vincent Ricciardi possesses a romantic, warm, Lyric Tenor voice reminiscent of the great Italian tenors of yesterday. "He looks like Caruso, acts like Caruso and sounds like Caruso," says Dr. David Mercaldo of Skyline Theater Productions.
As a concert artist, Vincent has thrilled audiences throughout the Northeast-- in nightclubs of New York, and in the theaters of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian Opera, Neapolitan song, Operetta and Broadway show tunes. Career highlights include The Grand Opening of the Enrico Caruso Room at Grotta Azzurra in Little Italy, featured performer at the 2012 Mario Lanza Gala Ball in Philadelphia, Bella Napoli: A Celebration of Neapolitan Song and Dance in New Jersey and Lanza: a Musical Tribute at the Schubert Theater in New Haven, CT.
Recently, he has been seen in various operatic productions throughout New York and New Jersey with Amici Opera, DiCapo Opera Theatre, Regina Opera, and Opera of the Hamptons. He can be heard on the musical concept recording Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross and Charlemagne: Let Legend Mark Me as the King, opposite Sir Christopher Lee. Vincent's first solo album will be released in the spring of 2013. For more information visit: www.vincentricciardi.com.