Little Italy

Little Italy

by Bell'aria



The vocal quintet Bell'Aria was assembled through auditions from singers responding to an ad in Backstage magazine for the purpose of creating an act to play in Las Vegas. (Who placed the ad? Their press biography doesn't say, but a good guess might be Ian Ralfini, credited as executive producer of this album.) The idea of the act might be described as a cross between the Rat Pack and the Three Tenors, with a heavy distaff participation, three women (Jessica Carvo, Angelica DiCastro, and Miriam Pultro) joining two men (the baritone Gabriel Burrafato and the tenor Christopher Macchio) to sing Italian-oriented music ranging from 1950s pop standards popularized by the likes of Dean Martin to opera arias by Verdi. The inevitable album version of the act (which debuted at the Venetian in August 2010) mixes just that sort of music, with a higher complement of pop than opera. In solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets, the five young singers address songs like "Volare," "That's Amore," and "Be My Love" on the one hand, and "Brindisi" from La Traviata on the other. If this is a gimmick, so was the concept of the Three Tenors, and, having passed their auditions, these are five talented singers. There may be no personality voices like those of Martin or Louis Prima, nor voices of the distinction of Mario Lanza, but the singers do creditable jobs with the material. It's hard to believe there's more than one more album in this concept, but as a souvenir of a Vegas act aimed at Italian-Americans, it was at least worth doing once.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2010
Label: Manhattan Records
UPC: 5099994628425
catalogNumber: 46284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bell'aria   Primary Artist
Hans Vroomans   Piano
John Parricelli   Guitar,Mandolin
Ernö Olah   Concert Master
Angelica di Castro   Vocals,Group Member
Benny Ludemann   Mandolin
Aram Kersbergen   Bass
Jessica Carvo   Vocals,Group Member
Giancarlo Malozzi   Conductor
Gabriel Burrafato   Vocals,Group Member
Dominique Paats   Accordion
Christopher Macchio   Vocals,Group Member
Marcel Serierle   Drums
Peter Tiehus   Guitar
Orchestra Bell'aria   Musician
Miriam Pulto   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Craig Leon   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Domenico Modugno   Composer,Lyricist
Jack Brooks   Composer,Lyricist
Sammy Cahn   Composer,Lyricist
Ervin Drake   Composer,Lyricist
Mitchell Parish   Composer,Lyricist
Carl Sigman   Composer,Lyricist
Harry Warren   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Phil Brito   Composer,Lyricist
Harold Barlow   Composer,Lyricist
Cesare Bixio   Composer,Lyricist
Luigi Denza   Composer,Lyricist
Shelley Dobbins   Composer,Lyricist
Traditional   Composer
Renato Rascel   Composer
Ian Ralfini   Executive Producer
Paul Power   Engineer
P.G. Redi   Composer
Giovanni Capurro   Composer,Lyricist
Eduardo di Capua   Composer,Lyricist
Chris Allen   Engineer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer
V. Wickham   Composer
S. Napier-Bell   Composer
Joris Wolff   Engineer
R. Morbelli   Composer,Lyricist
Eddie Y. Stanley   Lyric Adaptations,Music Adaptations
L. Astore   Composer,Lyricist
Nikolaus Brodsky   Composer
Bixio Cherubini   Composer,Lyricist

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Little Italy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WizardOfSpa More than 1 year ago
I just bought one for my parents for Christmas! old school italians have an appreciation for this kind of stuff. It's almost like a legacy, carrying over traditions from their era ;)