Event review: Florida Grand Opera’s Norma, a flawless display of the bel canto

Opening this past (by South Florida standards) freezing Saturday night, the Florida Grand Opera’s Norma, one of the most taxing and demanding operas from the Italians, was as flawless a performance as one could wish for. Before anyone starts with the pedantic comparisons to Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland, I’d like to note that the role, though difficult vocally, depends […]

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“People Expect Me Just to be Funny.” Musician and Comedienne Ali Spagnola on what #YesAllWomen Means to Her

By now, we should be used to Salon.com writer Mary Beth Williams perfectly articulating our collective feelings in one sentence or less (Exhibit A: her comment about Gwyneth Paltrow on Today) but she often strikes a note of such profundity that she will summarize entire social movements with a few simple words. On May 27th, she wrote an article in […]

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