Brazilian singer Monte to open Rome fest


ROME -- Brazilian singing star Marisa Monte will open the third RomaCinemaFest, organizers said Thursday.

Monte, a 40-year-old crooner with a background linked to classical music, samba and folk, will open the festival Oct. 2, performing ahead of the yet-to-be-named opening film.

It's the same slot that last year featured operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli, who sang to an enthusiastic response.