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I Love Lucy

“I want to see what was there for me once, then what is there for me now,” playwright Lillian Hellman famously wrote in her 1973 memoir, Pentimento. Often, however, many of us don’t want to revisit indelible memories. Perhaps we’re afraid that if we keep examining them, they won’t ultimately measure up to the place […]

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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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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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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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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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