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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


      I haven't been to an opera in ten years but the last time was a doozy.   When I heard one was being presented inside Homestead's state prison, the sad, scary place you pass on the way to Everglades National Park, I knew I had to be there.
      My neighbor, Lou, and I sat in the prison chapel while a dozen men in drab uniforms belted out old Italian songs.     
   We loved it.  I may describe the whole experience in a future column but for now, I will tell you about another, quite different, upcoming opera performance, also in a house of the Lord.Andrea Bocelli's "One Night in Las Vegas" with conductor Eugene Kohn, soprano Maria Aleida (pictured here) and mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
     The Grove's Saint Hugh Church (across from Ransom-Everglades School on Main Highway)  has been presenting  a series of  "Saint Hugh-Steinway Concerts" this fall.   Soprano Eglise Gutiérrez sang to a packed house last September.  
    Next week, on Friday, December 13th, you can enjoy soprano Maria Aleida.  
    Last year she knocked 'em dead here with her ethereal voice.  Why not let her knock you dead (ie, "make very glad to be there") at this intimate recital.  The songbird will sing arias of Mozart,  Ravel, Bellini and also some Christmas favorites (hopefully, it will not include "Jingle Bell Rock").
   Maria is currently in Paris singing at the Opera Bastille.  Next week, she will be here.  Why not go?
Tickets online at, at St Hugh Church Office,
or call 305-444-8363.  $30-$45
Reporting from the Mango Republic,

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