Monday, March 14, 2016

Tosca -Minnesota Opera at the Ordway

Some years ago I was a part of Blogger Preview Nights at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic productions; from The Wizard of Oz to Anything Goes. That program ended and I discovered shortly thereafter, the Social Media Preview Nights at the Minnesota Opera, also at the Ordway Theater.

I had only been to one Opera before this and I was mesmerized. My love for all things theater is quite large and I am open to seeing any kind when given the opportunity. 

Well, I was given the opportunity to see a working dress rehearsal of the opera Tosca last Thursday evening and I will tell you, I was floored.

First, I must mention that the Ordway is a beautiful theater and the sets of this production made it even more so. Rich, dark browns and magnificent reds and golds enhanced the turmoil and drama of the story.

For those who are not familiar, here is a quick synopsis of the story, taken from the* Ordway's website:
"A fiery prima donna, an idealistic artist and a manipulative chief of police find themselves entangled in a web of drama in this spellbinding classic. Tosca’s allegiance to her lover, Cavaradossi, is put to the ultimate test by the obsessive Scarpia who will stop at nothing to possess her. This magnificent tale of deceit, love and honor brims with sumptuous music and unforgettable arias."

Fiery, indeed. The voice of Kelly Kaduce who plays Tosca is powerful, passionate, and red hot. Watching her, especially in the informal moments of practice, was amazing. 

Some might be a bit discouraged because Operas are traditionally sung in other languages; Tosca was sung in Italian, however, there are English subtitles played above the stage and following along is really quite easy once you get going.

I am not a formal reviewer of theater. Books are my specialty on this blog but my passion for theater is easy to express. So, I must say, with enthusiasm, if you have not seen on Opera, please do so. Tosca would be a wonderful start.

You have many opportunities. Click this link.

 *Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 42 minutes, including two intermissions.
Show runs March 12-26.

 As always, thanks for stopping by!


red headed book child

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mystery Books to Feature

Because of my limited time reading I still very much want to continue to feature great mystery and thriller books for my A-Z Mystery Author Challenge. I have a whole list of titles I've been sent and I will feature a few at time for you all to take a peak at!

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 A-Z Mystery Author Challenge


I am still a mystery lover and I know I have several devoted challenge participants, so I will continue with this challenge in 2016.

I just finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and am so excited to have found a new psychological mystery author!  I hope to read more by her in the next year.

Who have you discovered this past year and would like to read more of?

Challenge Rules:

  • Read any author within the mystery genre; thriller, noir, suspense, etc. Use last names as the letter (i.e. S= John Sandford)
  • Post your links in the comments below.
  • See if you can complete the whole alphabet!!!
I look forward to reading what you all are reading. 

                           Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by! 

                                               red headed book child


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Who me? A Book Blogger?

It's funny. I was at one of my book club get togethers for the holidays. It was a book and cookie swap. I brought books, not cookies. It's how I roll. I met a new woman there and after being introduced as the "friend who has a book blog and gets lots of books", I thought, "Well, shoot! I should probably blog then!" I hopped on my blog later that night and realized my last post was from July and it wasn't even written by me! I felt immediately silly for handing out my blog business card to someone new and for her to google search my rather stale site!

Did this motivate me to want to write a million reviews? No, not really. I don't think the art of book blogging is dead by any means. It just hasn't been my platform to recommend and talk books for quite some time. I created a Facebook page for my blog and I link books I liked and am reading on there. I donate, give away, swap and talk books with family and friends. I recommend to every one I can during my job at the library. And I read a lot of kids books with my son and then donate them to his school.

My blog has brought me a ton of opportunities and connections in the world of books and I'm forever grateful. Last year, I posted that I may include some more personal posts instead of all books. In all reality, I like the short and sweet aspect of Facebook rather than a meandering post here on my blog. For now.

I will probably continue my A-Z Mystery Challenge because I have some faithful followers and it really requires very little time.

And I will pop over occasionally with a review or two. I like to see some old faces out there but I am truthfully pretty behind on any new book blogs. I still don't do Netgalley or ebooks of any kind so that does limit my opportunities to review some of the newer titles. I'm okay with that.

The pace of the library has changed my reading. I don't need the newest and the best right away. I placed a request and I wait in line. I've turned 40, so I'm over the fan fare of "Gimme Gimme!".

I guess my purpose of this post was my introduction and definition as a Book Blogger. And though I do identify in some ways to that, I really truly am just a Book Lover. I will get the word out for what I love in any way I can.

For now, it's just not here so much.

Hope you all are well in the book blog-o-sphere!

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child