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On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, internationally-renowned tenor, Joseph Spinella performs an opera night with special guest soprano from NYC, the brilliant, Julia Lima and the wonderful piano accompaniment from Steinway Artist, Andrew Lapp.
Famous as "The Tenor of Illusions," Joe Spinella, mixes in his talents as a magician for a truly spectacular show. Come savor your special 3-course Italian dinner while being entertained by vibrant, live performances of your favorite arias and duets.
Great food, family friendliness, and a welcoming atmosphere are instilled from the family to treat each and every patron not as customers, but rather as guests in their welcomed home. You will want to allow ample time for the cooking and enjoyment of your meals. Villa Tuscana offers traditional Italian specialties freshly prepared and cooked from scratch in Burns Court district, Sarasota, Florida.
Additionally, Joe Spinella and Julia Lima will serenade you with their thrilling voices after dinner in an al fresco environment. These are crowd-pleasing shows set in a intimate setting.
Because of his looks and powerful vocal qualities, comparisons between Spinella and Pavarotti naturally arise. However, listeners often dispel with the comparisons to Pavarotti, placing Spinella in his own category. "He has a great voice. Better than Pavarotti," says Alina Shuskina, a long-time fan.
Joseph Spinella has a large following overseas and has appeared with numerous orchestras, most notably the Israeli Philharmonic under the baton of famed-conductor, Zubin Mehta. He continues to give concert performances with orchestras and symphonies when not working on his show, illusionAria.
Joseph Spinella's current album, Spinella Tenor of Illusions, is available on Amazon.com and has been featured on various radio stations in the U.S. The album features poperatic arias and traditional music that exemplifies classic Neapolitan songs. Backed by the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, this all-Italian album contains 13 songs and displays Spinella's mastery of bell'arte del canto.
Julia Lima is a graduate of the State Musical College named after Gnessins in Moscow, Russia. She made her American debut with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre in the role of Madame Goldentrill. She has appeared as Susanna in an American premiere of "I due Figaro" by S.Mercadante with Amore Opera; the Queen of the Night and the 1st Dame in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" with Opera Company of Brooklyn; Armida in baroque inspired opera "Armida" at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.
Andrew Lapp, is an American concert pianist and composer. Andrew has appeared as a solo pianist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Venice Symphony Orchestra, and the Sarasota Pops Orchestra. As a young Steinway Artist, Andrew performs nationally and recently debuted as an accompanist at Carnegie Hall.
Along with studying classical repertoire, Andrew also composes and performs arrangements of sacred, gospel, and popular selections. His gospel interpretations have been featured as pre-shows for The Inspirations, Legacy 5, The Booth Brothers, and Guy Penrod, former lead vocalist for the Gaither Vocal Band.
Villa Toscana is located at 443 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL t, Bradenton, FL 34236. Seating time is at 6:30 pm. Patrons move to the outdoor patio after dinner for the show. Reservations are required as seating is limited (941) 951-0101.
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