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Amelia Goes to the Ballo: An Interview with Soprano Tamara Wilson

Last Thursday, I attended the run-through of Florida Grand Opera’s production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, opening at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami on April 29. Singing the role of Amelia was Tamara Wilson. I am not sure I have heard such an authoritatively sung Amelia since the heyday of Martina Arroyo. Wilson’s […]

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The Powers of Darkness: Dana Beth Miller in Florida Grand Opera’s Ballo

Dana Beth Miller is one of the most versatile and exciting mezzo-sopranos on the current opera scene. She is about to sing the role of the clairvoyant Ulrica in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, opening April 29 at the Ziff Ballet Opera House of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the […]

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Oscar Gold: A Conversation with Soprano Elena Galván

One of the current standouts in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program is Elena Galván, whose bright, supple light soprano and natural stage instincts would seem to be pointing her toward a major career. In fact, Galvan so impressed FGO’s artistic administration last season that she was entrusted with the starring role of Norina in […]

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The Barrie Touch

Barbara Barrie is one of the most intensely likable and natural of actresses; In all the years that I have admired her on the screen, on television, and on the New York stage, I can’t recall her ever creating a forced or unreal moment. Certain actors, especially as their fame increases and they become increasingly […]

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Prize Songs

Young Patronesses of the Opera has a highly distinctive profile among Miami music institutions. A social volunteer organization formed in the 1950s to support opera education and opera awareness in the South Florida area, YPO adds to its membership by invitation only. Currently, that membership boasts some of the most accomplished and socially prominent women […]

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The Lenore Overture

One of the most respected figures on the international opera casting and competition circuits is Lenore Rosenberg, associate artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera. On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Rosenberg gives a masterclass on Florida Grand Opera’s SongFest Masters Series. The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Steinway Piano Gallery, 4101 Ponce de […]

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A Conversation with James Conlon and Christopher Allen

On March 23, I met with two gifted conductors of different generations: James Conlon and Christopher Allen. Conlon was appearing with the New World Symphony, in a program that includes Shostakovich’s seldom-heard Symphony No. 12. Allen was concluding a run of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls at Florida Grand Opera, for which he received widespread […]

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Remembering Barbara Hale (1922–2017)

My mother, a lifelong secretary, once joked that an entire generation of secretarial school graduates had been deceived by Della Street. She was referring to the witty and resourceful confidential secretary to super lawyer Perry Mason, who appeared in a best-selling string of mystery novels dating back to 1933. Perry Mason made it to television, […]

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Still Moments: A Conversation with Elliot Madore

I spoke with the Canadian baritone shortly before he was to open as dissident Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas in Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls at Florida Grand Opera (March 18—25, 2017). BK: When you were offered the role of Reinaldo Arenas in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Before Night Falls, and you began reading the […]

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Saturdays with Jack

Two days ago, as I do every Saturday afternoon, I called my father in Oregon. This is a ritual that goes back to my freshman year in college, when I would telephone my parents from my dorm room to hear their news, and tell them mine, and most of all—though this was never stated—so they […]

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