I've learned that hearing opera singers in small venues is amazing, so Sunday we went to UAA's stunning little recital hall - Michael Hood, wherever you are, thanks! - to hear John Ken Nuzzo sing a collection of songs in Italian and Japanese. (According to Wikipedia, Nuzzo's father is Italian-American and his mother is Japanese.) After the first pause he came back without his bow tie and the audience loosened up a bit as well.
After Nuzzo's performance there was a brief break and the Anchorage Children's Choir came onstage. He's been working with them this week and he and they seemed to be having a great time together. Here's a brief excerpt of them singing Finiculi Finicula.