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  • "Let's Wake Up, Italics!"- Piero Bassetti in Conversation with Fred Plotkin
    Piero Bassetti and Fred Plotkin at La Casa di i-Italy
    There are over 250 million “Italics” in the world, and perhaps you’re one of them! On occasion of the recent English publication of Piero Bassetti’s book “Let’s Wake Up, italics! Manifesto for a Glocal Future,” i-Italy hosted a conversation between the author himself and Fred Plotkin, one of America’s foremost experts on opera and Italian culture. The conversation discussed what an “Italic” is and how Italics fit into the larger global society. The book “Let’s Wake Up, italics!” is published by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
  • Stefano Albertini interviews Fred Plotkin at Casa Italiana All Photos by: Molly Engleman
    At New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Fred Plotkin hosted nearly half a dozen live interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Italian Opera. Now, his series "Adventures in Italian Opera" is nearing the end of the 2017 season. For its season finale, Director of Casa Italiana Stefano Alberini interviewed Plotkin to recount the findings of such a successful series.
  • Plotkin and Rustioni at Casa Italiana, Photograph by Molly Engelman
    Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU) airs the fifth episode of "Adventures in Italian Opera" with Fred Plotkin. This episode features Daniele Rustioni, a 34 year old Italian conductor who recently completed his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, among many other impressive milestones.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Fred Plotkin(May 19, 2016)
    Caffè of course means coffee but in Italian it means so much more. It is the place where you go to have a coffee. But above all, it means that wakening in the morning. It means that moment of pause alone or with a friend in the afternoon.
  • Art & Culture
    Fred Plotkin(July 10, 2015)
    Fred Plotkin, one of America's foremost experts on opera, meets with the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella in New York. They discussed his city and its music scene—rich but usually overshadowed by its more popular visual masterpieces— as well as the new initiatives that the City is launching to promote many aspects of Florence’s cultural heritage
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    I. I.(February 13, 2015)
    “Mulino a Vino” (or Wine Mill) has just opened a few months ago and is already making the headlines. Writer and pleasure activist Fred Plotkin went there with the i-Italy TV crew to find out why. Find video interviews and the transcript of his conversation with Chef Davide Scabin.
  • Fred Plotkin’s guide is a must-have for all lovers of Italian food and culture. The author lures readers through the nation’s many regions, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, and more than 500 cities, towns and hidden villages, inviting them to experience not just the gastronomy but also the history and culture of each place, in order to get the whole picture.

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