Florida Grand Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte

On Saturday, January 24th Florida Grand Opera presented its second offering of its 74th season Mozart’s 1790 comedy Cosi fan Tutte (Women are like that). With a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi has only recently (early 20th century) become popular with modern audiences. While the opera enjoyed a brief period of popularity following its premiere, […]

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Ellie Dehn in La Bohème (photo by Palm Beach Opera)

Palm Beach Opera: La Bohème

  La Bohème ranks as the third most popular opera in the current modern repertory, behind only Verdi’s La Traviata and Bizet’s Carmen. Perhaps more so than its brethren, La Bohème has worked its way popular culture more often than other operas. Whether its on the Broadway stage (Jonathan Larsen’s Rent), Film (Moonstruck and Moulin […]


FGO’s Cosi Fan Tutte promises glorious music and belly laughs

On January 24th, Florida Grand Opera will present the second opera of their 2014-2015 season, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Cosi Fan Tutte has an interesting history in the opera canon.  It was presented only four times during Mozart’s lifetime and completely fell out of favor after his death until the 20th Century.  It’s slightly risqué […]

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Doctor Who Christmas 2014

Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014 Christmas Special)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Clara Oswald’s (Jenna Coleman) apartment, not a creature was stirring… …except on the roof, where someone was knocking snow down the side of the building and talking loudly. Clara goes up to the roof to investigate and finds Santa (Nick Frost) and two elves — Ian (Dan […]


Social Media + Opera = Opera @ The Waterfront

There was a time in the not so distant past where going to the “opera” entailed dressing to the nines, wrapping yourself in your best furs and heading off to the grand and quite often  opulent opera house. In recent years opera companies have embraced a more unconventional  approach to opera. Whether it be outside […]

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Classic Doctor Who: The Three Doctors

Classic Doctor Who #4 – The Three Doctors

The Three Doctors first aired in 4 parts between December 30, 1972 to January 20, 1973. This was the first serial of the 10th Season of the show, and the beginning of Doctor Who‘s 10th Anniversary. The show was at an all-time high for ratings and popularity. Audiences were eager to to follow Jon PeRtwee’s […]


Feel These (Retro) Beats: Blondie and Concrete Blonde

I was going through my CD (ok . . .Record) (OK. . . fine . .  MP3) collection the other day looking back on some “memories” and I stumbled upon a couple of albums that I haven’t heard in a while thinking ‘I wonder if they’re still as good as I remember?’   So, I gave them a […]

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Doctor Who - Season 8 (Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman)

Doctor Who: A Season 8 Analysis

The Adult Adventures of a Flawed Doctor and a Flawed Companion By Richard Estes Ray and the editors of the Shot Glass Review have graciously provided me with an opportunity to provide my overview of the recently concluded season 8 of Doctor Who.  Before I begin, it might help if I told you a little […]


FGO’s Butterfly is an exquisite beauty

The 2014/15 season marks the 74th for The Florida Grand Opera, and on Saturday November 15th, FGO opened it’s latest production of Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera Madama Butterfly. Based upon the John Luther Long short story, Madame Butterfly and the David Belasco one act adaptation: Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, Puccini’s opera has become […]

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Janai Brugger @ St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series

On November 14th, the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series continued its third season with Soprano Janai Brugger, accompanied by Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal. For those unfamiliar with this series, it is presented by the St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove and a large portion of the proceeds  benefit several of the church’s outreach and charity […]