Opera

  • Sound, but No Vision

    An austere production, perhaps appropriate to tough economic times both at the Washington National Opera and at large, Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera is more...

  • Ophelia Outing

    It is perhaps especially true for opera that there is a reason that some are not often staged. In the case of Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet,...

  • Marital Bliss

    Truth be told, most comic operas are funnier in theory than in reality. The buffo, over-rouged in a teetering wig, capers about the stage and,...

  • Looney Tunes

    Those of you raised on Looney Tunes might find it impossible to listen to Figaro's aria ''Largo al factotum'' from Rossini's Barber of Seville without...

  • Deliciously Dire

    Chances are you will not be seeing the Siegfried that opened this past Saturday night since the performance began with general director Placido Domingo's announcement...

  • Sea-Worthy

    As one familiar with England's wild and windy Norfolk coast, there is much that resonates in the Washington National Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Peter...

  • Lady Killer

    Despite the fevered grace renowned soprano Renee Fleming brings to the conflicted femme fatale of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, this is one opera that requires more...

  • Passion Play

    With the Jumbotron extravaganza barely behind us, one must wonder, just a little, why the WNO did not chose this production of Bizet's The Pearl...

  • Stage Presence

    Though one cannot but envy the idea of seeing an opera with beer, hotdogs and vast commodes on tap, it is also somewhat hard to...

  • Elektrafying

    As anyone with a pulse knows, Hollywood -- both the A and the B list -- continues to outrage the arbiters of good taste with...

  • High Note

    If you are a giggler or not immersed to the point of humorlessness in the traditions, quirky and otherwise, of opera, be strongly advised to...

  • Classic Verdi

    When serving up poignancy, there cannot be contrivance unless it is intended. In any other form, its presence will dull and deflate the impact of...

  • The Damned

    In a recent metro-area school production of Don Quixote, parents were shocked and dismayed when teenage members of the audience greeted a fellow classmate's performance...

  • Men Behaving Badly

    In its final two productions before the winter break, the Washington National Opera gives us a fascinating compare and contrast in its scheduling of Mozart's...

  • Sex Drive

    ''Don Giovanni is sort of a personification of the sex drive,'' says John Pascoe, director and designer of the new production of Mozart's classic, Don...

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