Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express (S8 Ep 8)

“Sometimes the only choices are bad ones. But you still have to choose.” -the Doctor This is a juicy episode! Another instant classic! I want to say this is shaping up to be an exceptional season for the show, but if I’m honest I have felt that way with each successive year since Christopher Eccleston […]

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express

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Opera Heritage: Fanny Heldy

In classical music, and in particular the world of opera, we rely heavily on our history – after all the bulk of our performance repertoire is more than a century old.   We have mountains of tradition behind us when we perform.   Luckily for those of us born in the 20th century or later, we also […]


The Marvelous Wonderettes

Saturday October 4th was a big day for Boca Raton’s Slow Burn Theatre Company. On one hand it was the opening night for Roger Bean’s The Marvelous Wonderettes, on the other it was Slow Burn’s first performance at The Broward Center. Over the last five years Slow Burn has made quite a name for itself […]

Julie Kleiner, Amy Miller Brennan, Lindsey Core and Abby Perkins (Photo by Patrick Fitzwater)

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Opera Heritage: Claudia Muzio

In classical music, and in particular the world of opera, we rely heavily on our history – after all the bulk of our performance repertoire is more than a century old.   We have mountains of tradition behind us when we perform.   Luckily for those of us born in the 20th century or later, we also […]


Doctor Who: Kill the Moon (S8 Ep 7)

I actually had to watch this episode twice before I could fully wrap my mind around it. I’ve noticed from the first episode of this season that these episodes are better the second (and third and fourth) time around, but this one is simply too much to take in the first time! It’s one of […]

Doctor Who: Kill The Moon

Classic Doctor Who: Spearhead From Sapce

Classic Doctor Who #3 – Spearhead from Space

Spearhead from Space originally aired across the month of January, 1970. It was the first serial of the Seventh Season of Doctor Who. This serial marks the first time the show was broadcast in color, and the 3rd Doctor brings with him a much more mature tone to the show, thanks not only to Jon […]


López and Neill: St Hugh Concerts

Summer has come to a close and fall is in the air, or so they say. We may not get the change of seasons like other areas but it does bring another new season, Opera Season. On September 26th the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series began its third season at St. Hugh’s Catholic Church in Coconut […]

Sandra Lopez and Stuart Neill (photo by Manny Hernandez)

Doctor Who; The Caretaker

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S8 Ep 6)

CLARA’S WORLDS COLLIDE!!! You knew it had to happen eventually… Especially when this season started off with Clara meeting such a cool, charming, fascinating character as Danny Pink. Most companions don’t have very much keeping them bound to their Earth life. There will be people about whom they care, but usually traveling with the Doctor […]


The Soprano Score Card Volume 1 – Traviata

Now that opera season is upon us again, it’s time to talk about the diva on stage. I admit that I am a shameless lover of the female voice, be they Sopranos, Mezzo Sopranos or contraltos (or in the case of some Broadway and Pop singers, female tenors) I pretty much am guaranteed to like […]

Natalie Dessay as Violetta Valery in a very unusually designed production of La Traviata

Birgit Nilsson as Salome

La Nilsson: My Life in Opera by Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson’s autobiography, La Nilsson My Life in Opera was originally published in Swedish and German in 1995 and 1997 respectively.   It was not until 2007, two years after Madame Nilsson’s death, that the English translation, by Doris Jung Popper, was published. It is impossible to have a serious discussion about Wagner recordings without discussing […]