Metro Weekly

Opera

  • 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...

  • Tosca Tops the Charts

    How do you calculate the tenor X-factor? Let's take Salvatore Licitra. We saw him already this season in the title role of Andrea Chenier, where...

  • Lacking Magic

    My advice to anyone who joined the ticket-purchasing frenzy when they saw the words ''magic'' and ''flute'' in the same sentence as Washington National Opera...

  • Operatic Wonder

    As we all know, Joan of Arc died hard and Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans is for a different sort of die-hard -- the operatic kind....

  • Opera Queen

    ''I fell in love with opera when I was 13, when I first heard the voice of Maria Callas,'' says John Pascoe. ''I heard her...

  • Roots

    You've heard about it, you've wondered about it, you may even have fantasized about it. But will it be tough on the backside? Come on,...

  • Troubled Trovatore

    Those lucky enough to have seen the production of Verdi's Il Trovatore staged by the Washington National Opera in 2000 will recall a fully-conceived and...

  • Naval Maneuvers

    Rum, buggery and the lash sail into the Washington National Opera with Francesca Zambello's production of Benjamin Britten's sea-going epic Billy Budd. Alas, if only...

  • Viva La Revolution!

    In staging Umberto Giordano's twisted tale of the French Revolution, Andrea Chenier, Polish director Mariusz Trelinski pulls off an amazingly ambitious and yet always dramatically...

  • Handsomely Revived

    Aficionados will be intrigued to hear that the Washington National Opera continues this year's season with a production of Giuseppe Verdi's classic La Traviata based...

  • Royal Ball

    First performed in 1817, Gioacchino Rossini's La Cenerentola, a comical take on the Cinderella fairy tale, has been recast by the Washington National Opera as...

  • Mais Non, Manon!

    Two subtle re-alignments greet this season's returning opera-goers: The Washington Opera is now called the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House has...