January 3rd and 4th, 2009. The Girl Choir of South Florida is presenting Duelling Divas: The Battle Begins, a full-production comedic operatic revue, on January 3rd at 8:00 p.m. and January 4th at 3:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach.
“Who knew opera could be so much fun? The Sopranos was never quite like this: Baroness Vladka (rhymes with vodka, for reasons that will soon be apparent) von Loudenstimme has had a long career on the opera stage but for how much longer is anyone's guess. She's still got the pipes but she likes to soak them in booze whenever she can – as in during every performance. So she hires the younger Southern belle Gwendoline Josephine Bellevoix Bouvier, who fancies herself French and cultured but who grew up in Boar Tush, LA, to sing for the audience so she can sprint off stage for a nip. One pianist named Paige Turner, 18 costumes, a horned helmet, spear, light saber and a lotta Puccini later, the diva duet becomes a duel.
"The aim is laughter. That's the premise of Duelling Divas, a comedic entree into the world of grand opera…” said Howard Cohen from The Miami Herald. The performers, sopranos Birgit Fioravante and Wendy Reynolds along with pianist Heather Coltman, are well known to Florida audiences through their associations with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Philharmonic, Boca Raton Sinfonia and Florida Atlantic University. Active as soloists, chamber musicians and recitalists, they have performed to critical acclaim in diverse local, national and international venues, including Carnegie Hall. Through their association, they have written and brought to life this theatrical extravaganza directed by Trent Blanton.
The Girl Choir of South Florida at Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139