Author: Suzanne James

Review: Florida Grand Opera’s “La Boheme” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Giacomo Pucini‘s La Boheme is an opera without equal, and perhaps the quintessentially modern operatic oeuvre thanks to its timeless tropes of tragic love and artistic purity. Premiering in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Boheme is also the first production of the new 2018-2019 season for the Florida Grand Opera. The recent staging at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (arguably the most opera-friendly venue in the South Florida circuit, including The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and The Arsht Center in Miami) was a powerhouse depiction of the tension every artist faces: the...

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Review: “Let the Right One In” at the Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville

Photo by Rachel Jones for The Hippodrome Theatre Plays based on novels that have already been adapted for the big screen represent a challenge to the audience. The challenge is to counter the influence of both cinema and literature, and to experience the theatrical production of a work from a fresh perspective, despite the visual cues and literary devices already present in the public consciousness. Adaptations of films and books can be stumbling blocks as much as opportunities for both director and playwright. The Hippodrome Theatre‘s production of “Let the Right One In” provides its audience with a coda...

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Review: Miami City Ballet’s “Company B” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Photo Credits: Ellen Grocki and Miami City Ballet dancers in Company B. Photo © Alexander Iziliaev. “Company  B” is the title of the first program in the Miami City Ballet’s new 2018-2019 season and what a first program it is! Taken from the famous Andrews Sisters song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” of 1959, Company B, choreographed by Paul Taylor, is also the second performance in the three-dance evening’s delightful presentation of classical pieces by Georges Balanchine (Concerto Barocco and Piano Conecerto No. 2). To call the Miami City Ballet a seasoned dance company implies that it is also a...

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Review: The Flight into Egypt at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Flight into Egypt is one of the central epic stories of the New Testament. It tells the saga of Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing King Herod and seeking sanctuary in Egypt after being warned by an angel of an account in the Gospel of Matthew. To celebrate the recent acquisition of Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan, a stunning work on paper, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is staging a special exhibition of three works related to this story. Tiepolo was a Venetian artist born in 1727, whose legacy...

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Reviews: Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival’s Fourth Program of 2018

The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival concluded it’s summer 2018 program with perhaps its most ambitious work this past weekend. Their performance of works by Piotr Szewczyk, Jacques Ibert, John Addison and Franz Schubert at the Helen K. Persson Recital Hall in West Palm Beach proved to be a decisive and eclectic culmination to this musical foray. With a core of chamber musicians including Karen Fuller on the flute, Michael Forte on clarinet, Michael Ellert on bassoon, Dina Kostic on violin, Mei Mei Luo on violin, Renee Reder on viola, and Susan Bergeron on cello the Palm Beach Chamber...

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