Opera

  • Life Choice

    It's a brave move to stage Sophie's Choice as an opera, considering the popular culture stature of both William Styron's original novel and 1982's star-filled...

  • The Tiers Have Eyes

    It's always a good sign when audience members exclaim both ''Hideous!'' and ''Wonderful!'' as the lights come up at intermission. It means something has stirred...

  • Italian Delight

    Captivating: Borodina(Photo by Karin Cooper) Bubbly buoyancy brings the Washington National Opera season to a close in a nicely-conceived high-energy production of Rossini's L'Italiana in...

  • Titus on the Potomac

    Take a beautiful sunset as seen from the Kennedy Center balcony, add a warm wind off the Potomac, throw in a glass of bubbly, and...

  • The Perfect Tonic

    Like many of life's little luxuries, from a great glass of wine or a beautifully made suit, the Washington National Opera's production of Donizetti's L'Eisir...

  • Brass Ring

    If you haven't yet tired of the rampant pandering to the American myth present in every daily experience from the selling of cars to the...

  • Powerhouse

    You know the songs. You've heard the story. But nothing will prepare you for the astounding power of this full operatic production of Gershwin's modern...

  • Three's a Crowd

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth, or so the saying goes. Oh, well. In celebration of the Washington National Opera's 50th anniversary and...

  • Vocal Prowess

    A rarely-staged tale of political and emotional rebellion, I Vespri Siciliani should be an operatic tour de force. Verdi takes us to one emotional crescendo...

  • Lost in the Crowd

    There are times, unfortunately, when an exceptional and beauteous piece of art nonetheless finds itself dismissed as not quite good enough, simply because it finds...