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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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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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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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