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Autumn in the Spring: Notes on the Met’s Recent Rosenkavalier

I generally observe a strict shelf life when writing about a performance I’ve just attended. I like to be in front of my keyboard as soon as possible after I’ve seen something, when my response to what I’ve seen is still churning inside me. But in the case of the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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