Monday, January 26, 2015

A Review - Florida Grand Opera's Così fan Tutte






It all starts with a bet.... A cruel idea to test the boundaries of fidelity that invites you into a story that is truly captivating and hilarious! Florida Grand Opera's Così fan Tutte premiered this Saturday and I was fortunate to attend. I can honestly say that this was my first opera that was a comedy, so I was really excited to see how it would translate. I can honestly say that it was a comedic triumph. Così fan Tutte which translates to "All women are like this...." brings a modern twist on that is hilarious and fun but at the same time mesmerizes you with Mozart's beautiful score. I couldn't stop smiling throughout the show. Conductor Ramón Tebar was flawless and took the music to another level. As far as the story, it takes you to Monte Carlo at the scene of a luxury resort where a man named Don Alfonso convinces two soldiers to wager on the fidelity of their fiancées. Holding them to such high Goddess-like pedestals, makes Don Alfonso want to prove even more that temptation can lead triumph. This unfolds into a series of events that have you wondering and laughing the whole time. The costumes and set design are perfect and truly take you to another world. The principals of the evening were truly amazing, vibrant, and endearing in their roles. Tenor Jason Slayden as Ferrando and baritone Jonathan Beyer as Guglielmo, play the soldiers who conspire the wager. Arthur Woodley who debuted that evening plays Don Alfonso who basically lures the soldiers into the bet.  Soprano Ava Pine is the sexy & feisty maid, Despina. Lyric mezzo Brenda Patterson is Dorabella and Soprano Sari Gruber is Fiordiligi, the sisters who's love is tested with no boundaries. The entire cast was brilliant and showcased their voices to screaming applause. It brought a comically risqué story to life all while embracing the magic that is Mozart. Check out some pics from the show: 










With all these images, I can assure you that it is only a glimpse into what is a wonderful experience that you don't want to miss out on. Opera is one of the most important art forms around today in a world of auto tune and American Idol. I can tell you with all honesty that this is a show that is a MUST see for anyone looking to have fun and be moved by a truly poignant & charming cast! Here are the remaining shows: 

Cosi Fan Tutte performs at:
8 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the Arsht Center’s Ziff House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 
Tickets $19-$175; (800) 741-1010. 
At the Broward Center Au-Rene Theater, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 14. Located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 
Tickets $21-$200; (800) 741-1010. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: www.fgo.org! Enjoy my loves.... Xoxo

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Florida Grand Opera Presents Così Fan Tutte This Weekend!








If you are on the lookout for something amazing, this weekend launches the latest the program from the 2014-2015 season brought to you by the Florida Grand Opera! With a modern spin on a classic from Mozart, Così fan Tutte starts this weekend in Miami at the Adrienne Arscht Center. For more information and images, read below:


In FGO’s interpretation, Così is the story of two sisters (Fiordiligi and Dorabella) away on vacation who attract the attention of a pair of exotic suitors. Flirtation quickly turns to infatuation, but eventually it is revealed that these suitors are, in fact, their own fiancés (Ferrando and Guglielmo) who have disguised themselves to test the women’s fidelity.
Although this story is typically set in 18th-century Italy, with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, FGO has revitalized their production to infuse this Mozart masterpiece with contemporary context and feel more “present day.” For this FGO production, Mozart is coming to Monaco.

Like Miami, Monaco is unquestionably an international capital of luxury. The rich and famous from around the world flock to Monte Carlo’s fabulous beaches, casinos, and to the Monaco Grand Prix…the characters in Così being no exception.







FGO’s updated production will take place at a luxurious hotel in modern-day Europe. The opera tells the story of two young military officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, visiting their fiancées (sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi) who, in this production, are away on vacation. The men make a bet with an older friend, Don Alfonso, that their fiancées will remain faithful to them under any circumstance. Don Alfonso arranges for the men to leave the sisters but to immediately return in disguise to seduce the women. The sisters protest at first, but quickly fall for the other’s lover, creating a situation where the men cheat on the women by way of the women cheating on the men. When the trick is revealed, all is forgiven, but will their lives ever be the same again? If you find the ending a little unsettling, you’ve gotten the point! 



I don't think I can make it sound any better! So if you're looking to watch something fabulous, here are the upcoming dates:

MIAMI 
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House 
Saturday, January 24, 2015 7:00pm 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 2:00pm 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:00pm 
Friday, January 30, 2015 8:00pm 
Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:00pm 
FORT LAUDERDALE 
Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Au-Rene Theater 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:30pm 
Saturday, February 14, 2015 7:30pm 


For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the theater box office or go the the Florida Grand Opera website: www.fgo.org 

Stay tuned next week for my review of the show after the opening performance this weekend! Xo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

IT Cosmetics Limited-Time TSV Set On QVC Today Only!









IT Cosmetics® New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! Five-Piece Collection goes beyond beauty. This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC® Monday, January 19, 2015at midnight (ET) for one day only! QVC features one item each day as a Today’s Special Value, which is offered at an exceptionally low price beginning midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day.

This new five-piece collection is the perfect way to start the new year, taking the power of skin care and coverage innovation to a whole new level! Be one of the first to experience all five brand new worldwide launches, including CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact, CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder, Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick, and the CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush. Together, it’s your anti-aging skincare, SPF 50+ and full coverage for your most beautiful skin! 

Shop IT on QVC 
Tune in to QVC on January 19, 2015, at midnight3 AM9 AM4 PM6 PM and 11 PM (ET) for more details on the New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! Five-Piece Collection. Visit QVC.com, the QVC apps or call 800.345.1515 beginning on January 19, 2015at midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT), to take advantage of this exceptionally low price while supplies last.

About Each Product: 
New! CC+® Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream instantly helps to conceal skin discoloration from view, hydrates your under-eye area and features a unique Cold Spoon Technology™ cooling tip. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and grape seed oil, this full coverage color-correcting cream is formulated to nourish the most delicate skin on your face. 

New! CC+® Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact is your award-winning, cult-favorite CC+ Cream in an innovative airless dispensing compact! With one push of a button, this compact releases a precise amount of CC+ cream, giving you skin care, sun protection and full coverage with each application. A multitasking beauty miracle, the CC+ compact is your full coverage foundation, SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical-only sunscreen, brightening color corrector, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector and moisturizing day cream all in one step!

New! CC+® Airbrush Perfecting Powder is your lightweight, hydrating powder that is formulated to help erase the look of fine lines and pores, leaving your skin with the look of airbrushed perfection! Formulated talc-free and infused with hydrolyzed silk, hydrolyzed collagen, niacin and peptides, you can wear this skin-loving powder over your makeup or clean skin.

New! Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick smooths the look of lip lines and adds color to your lips, giving you a natural-looking, pretty pop of color to revitalize your entire complexion! This lip-loving lipstick is formulated with nourishing ingredients including shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid.

New! CC+® Angled Buffing Foundation Brush is an ultra-luxe, plush makeup brush that does the work for you, making application simple and effortless. Custom-cut by hand and made with over 80,000 hairs, this brush flawlessly buffs makeup to help visually erase the look of pores and fine lines, airbrushing your skin to perfection. Use this cruelty-free, skin-loving brush with your foundation to create the look of your skin but better every time!

About IT Cosmetics® 
Developed with leading plastic surgeons and dermatologists, IT Cosmetics® creates clinically proven, innovative problem-solving makeup and skin care products that harness cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and high-performance, skin-loving ingredients to provide you with serious beauty solutions that help you look and feel your most beautiful! Co-Founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima, who suffers from rosacea, sparse brows, hyperpigmentation and problematic skin, works hand-in-hand with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to create innovative, high-performance products, with a laser focus on solving women’s beauty problems. IT Cosmetics is sold in ULTA Beauty Stores nationwide and is a top color cosmetics brand on both QVC and The Shopping Channel Canada. For more information, please visit www.itcosmetics.com – it’s your beauty!™

Monday, January 5, 2015

Check Out The Josie Maran TSV On QVC Today only!







Introducing, Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection exclusively available on QVC’s Today’s Special Value! This collection of skincare and face beautifiers infused with argan oil will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin this New Year! Argan Cleansing Oil removes dirt, while the 100% Pure Argan Oil hydrates your skin. The Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation and Brush provides even-toned skin care benefits and finally the Argan Color Stick adds a pop of rosy pink to your lips and cheeks!

Here are the details from the QVC site:

 What is it: We all deserve happy, healthy-looking skin. With this five-piece collection of skincare and face beautifiers infused with argan oil, you can achieve the look of healthy, glowing skin. Argan Cleansing Oil removes dirt and moisturizes all at once, while argan oil helps to hydrate your skin. The super-size Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation provides skincare benefits while creating the look of an even-toned, glowing complexion. Finally, the dewy Argan Color Stick adds a pop of rosy pink to your lips and cheeks. This collection is made to help you to feel beautiful in your skin!

Who is it for: Anyone looking for a complete collection of argan-infused beautifiers!

Why is it different: Each product is infused with argan oil to help hydrate and nourish skin.

 
Value: 85.00
Price: 69.96
Where to buy: http://www.qvc.com/Josie-Maran-Argan-Oil-Pure-Complexion-5pc-Collection.product.A261453.html?sc=A261453-&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-A261453&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/a/53/a261453.001?$uslarge$

For more information, click the link for more or go to the QVC site! Enjoy my beauty stalkers! Xoxo