Music: Aida from Philadelphia

In Philadelphia's Little Italy some 20 years ago there was a small, shabby theatre where neighbors dropped in to see a bit of drama, a bit of clowning and got for good measure a dash of grand opera. The impresario was Ferruccio Giannini, a tenor who could boast that he had once sung with Patti. At home the Gianninis made music all the time. The mother Antoinetta played the violin. Daughters Euphemia and Dusolina sang. Vittorio played the piano. Son Francis had a cello when he was big enough to wield one. Dusolina Giannini...

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