Author: Cheryl Hollon
I'm arranging tickets to go to the opera with my assistant, Amanda Blake. She's new to opera, so I'm starting out with our local company, The St. Petersburg Opera. The performance is: Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman). It plays at The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg on Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2 pm, and Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 pm. Check out their website at www.mypalladium.org.
Hoffmann, the poet-hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach's grand and final opera. The opera fantastique begins with Hoffmann waiting in a tavern for his current passion, an opera diva appropriately nammed Stella. To pass time time Hoffmann tells the other students stories about three of his previous loves, each of which ends in disaster. For example, Olympia turns out to be a mechanical doll! Each of his loves get wonderful music to sing before breaking Hoffmann's heart. It will be sung in French with English surtitles!
I can't wait to introduce Amanda to the joys of live opera from our local company.
You can read more about Savannah in Cracked to Death, the third book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries, published by Kensington Books. Available at your favorite book vendor.
About Cracked to Death:
When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .
It's the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb's Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat--a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .
Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah's interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin's lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through uncharted territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin's death . . .
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Meet the author:
Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.