Cuba & Costa Rica Blog
About this blog
Written by Cuba and Costa Rica expert Christopher P. Baker, this blog will update readers on life in these two diverse and exciting countries.
- Last blog post on Costa Rica and Cuba
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- Cuba’s Mariel port readying for Panama Canal expansion
- Musings on wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
- Cuba’s Steam Trains puffing their last gasp
- My top five thrilling activities in Costa Rica
- Cuba’s fun February festivals include Harleys, Books, Cigars
- Five top volcano viewing experiences in Costa Rica
- New road along Costa Rica / Nicaraguan border mired
- Cuba’s Hotel Campoamor at Cojímar to be restored?
- Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez honored in new book
- Christmas challenge for Costa Rica’s sexually abused girls
- Costa Rica opens Chinatown in downtown San José
- David Soul films Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba
- National Geographic Expeditions receives license for Cuba tours
James Nathaniel Holland to perform at Costa Rica's Teatro Nacional
Anyone in Costa Rica on September 24 should be sure to reserve a seat for the Opera de Cámara's gala at the Teatro Nacional in San José. My friend James Nathaniel Holland, a professional classical musician, will be the featured invited artist.
James will perform "Una furtiva lagrima" from Donizetti's Elisir D'Amor, the duet from Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles, and an ensemble selection from L'Italiana en Algeri by Rossini.
For further information, contact james [at] casaholanda [dot] com
The Teatro Nacional is Costa Rica's premier theatrical venue and home to the country's National Symphony Orchestra. This spectacular Neo-Classical edifice was fashioned after the Paris Opera House and was completed in 1897, during Costa Rica's coffee boom era. It's a glory to behold, and worth a visit by day as a tourist site. But to fully appreciate its magnificence, you should really join local Costa Rican families for a classical performance.
James also recently performed a presentation of Rigoletto in March of 2008 at the Teatro Melico Salazar. Congratulations Jaime!
He also runs a delightful three-bedroom bed-and-breakfast--Casa Holanda–in San Pablo de Heredia, a few miles northwest of San José. For complete information, see the Moon Costa Rica guidebook.