You know those Italian standards such as “O Sole Mio,” “Come Back to Sorrento” and “Funiculì, Funiculà” — those tunes you hear everywhere, from TV commercials to movies to Italian restaurants to Looney Tunes cartoons? They all come from the heartfelt, seaside region of Naples, aka, Napoli (pictured above).
If you have a soft spot for these infinitely sing-along-able favorites, then head to the Palladium for an international cast and 40-piece professional orchestra presenting the best in Napolitano songs and other selections in St. Petersburg Opera’s Neapolitan Festival and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the tragedy that inspired Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown.”
Expect a sweetly familiar and lush serenade of accordions and mandolins followed by a top-notch rendition of a love story doomed by fatal jealousy. Sung in Italian with English translations displayed above the stage.
And no Italian event would be complete without food and wine from the boot available for purchase. Fri., Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., and Tues., Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. ; 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; $22-$67; stpeteopera.org.