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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Still Doing it Right: An Interview with Denyce Graves

On January 28, Florida Grand Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin opens at the Adrienne Arsht Auditorium in Miami. It’s the first time in seventeen seasons that the company has presented Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Onegin happens to be one of the operas I love most. There isn’t a gauche, overstated or dramatically cheap moment in it, and […]


The Long Run: An Interview with Mezzo-Soprano Robynne Redmon

In addition to having an enviable lineup of singers in leading roles, Florida Grand Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (opening January 28 at the Adrienne Arsht Auditorium in Miami) offers a healthy dose of gravitas in its supporting cast: Denyce Graves as Tatyana’s devoted nurse, Filippyevna, and, as Tatyana’s mother, Larina, Robynne Redmon. The […]


Preparing for Opera’s Renaissance: An Interview with John Brancy

At twenty-eight, American baritone John Brancy is a study in focus and concentration. He views his rising career with a fierce strategic precision, and he gives considerable thought to the rapidly changing opera scene and what it may look like ten years down the line. There doesn’t seem to be a moment when he isn’t […]

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