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No Small Parts: Mary Beth Nelson Knows How to Make Each Moment Onstage Count

Mary Beth Nelson is a gifted young mezzo-soprano who is a member of Florida Grand Opera’s 2017–18 Studio Artist program. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, she opened in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ ZIff Ballet Opera House, in the small but key role of Alisa, the anxious confidante of the […]

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Sins of the Brother: Troy Cook Sings Enrico in Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Troy Cook has garnered an admirable reputation as an elegant, extremely musical lyric baritone on the international scene. On November 12, 2017, he opens as Enrico, the volatile brother in Florida Grand Opera’s season-opening production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Alexander Polianichko and directed by Elise Sandell. Recently, Cook sat down for a […]

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Voyage of Discovery: An Interview with Soprano Anne-Sophie Duprels

The most revelatory individual performance at the 2017 season of Wexford Festival Opera was that of French soprano Anne-Sophie Duprels, as Katiusha, the tragic heroine of Franco Alfano’s Risurrezione, a long-neglected verismo gem, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel Resurrection. My full review of the Wexford season will appear in one of the winter issues of […]

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Finghin Collins: Making the Piano Sing

On October 30, 2017, Wexford Festival Opera presented Irish pianist Finghin Collins in solo recital at the National Opera House. It was a stunningly performed program of varied music that was marked by both a keen sense of musical architecture and searching lyricism. Collins worked magic with his interpretation of Alban Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1; […]

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Palette: A Conversation with War Paint’s Scott Frankel and Michael Korie

Part of being a theater junkie is that we demand that the people we love feel as we do about a given work; when they don’t, we often ask ourselves what the hell is the matter with them. In the past ten or twelve years, I have often attended a new Broadway musical that seemed […]

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In Reno, a Jackpot of Big Voices

Whenever I am covering singing competitions in New York, one of the most astonishing revelations is the paucity of dramatic voices. Lyric mezzos, lyric sopranos, and lyric baritones dominate, and it’s not unusual to sit through days of auditions and not hear a single viable Verdi mezzo, Verdi baritone or even a remotely acceptable Wagnerian […]

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Past Continuous: An Interview with Alfred Allan Lewis

One of the great pleasures of all the years I have lived in New York is meeting people a generation or two before me who have had extraordinary careers in the arts. In a place like New York, this is surprisingly easy to do. Many of them I met through my job as an editor […]

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Educational Initiative: an Interview with Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei is widely known as South Florida’s Opera Mom. Married to baritone Graham Fandrei, director of Magic City Opera, she is the mother of two young sons. She studied with Mimi Lerner at Carnegie-Mellon University and Maitland Peters at the Manhattan School of Music; her resume includes performances of L’Italiana in Algeri, The Rape […]

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Three Way

From June 15–18, BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) is the place to catch Three Way, a trio of one-act operas by composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote. The three individual acts, “Safe Word,” “The Companion,” and “Masquerade,” explore sexual fetishes and role-playing in modern life. Co-produced by Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, Three Way bowed at […]

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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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