All posts tagged "washington national opera"

  • Review: WNO’s “La Boheme”

    WNO's "La Boheme" is saturated in uncompromising quality and creative detail

  • Classical Music: Fall Arts Preview 2014

    Whether your predilection is opera or chorale, piano or violin, quartet or orchestra — any or all — Washington offers the classical music lover a...

  • Love Is the Drug

    Although people often call Donizetti’s rom-com The Elixir of Love a good opera for the uninitiated, director Stephen Lawless’s production requires a caveat: Remember that...

  • Whale Song

    There is a special hell for serious music-lovers, and in one molten corner resides a certain kind of contemporary classical that puts more emphasis on...

  • One Way or Another

    The funny thing about the Washington National Opera's production of Verdi's The Force of Destiny is that it actually works. Despite an awkward first scene,...

  • Showy Boat

    In a second act scene in Show Boat, the character Magnolia auditions to be a singer at Chicago's popular Trocadero Club. Magnolia was a star...

  • Who's That Girl?

    In the words of Jean Genet, ''Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.'' And anyone who likes their...

  • Cocksure

    Offering plenty of curb appeal in the form of wit, slapstick, a libidinous thundering bass, damsels in distress, sword fights and a reasonably gratifying comeuppance,...

  • Beautiful Dreamers

    If opera is your music for heartbreak and plots be damned, then Massenet's gorgeously overwrought Werther is for you. This is boy meets already-engaged girl...

  • Biblical Proportions

    With a busy narrative, a biblically minded libretto, and a director who assumes a cogent, educated audience, the Washington National Opera's Nabucco isn't for those...

  • Triumphant Tosca

    A perfect balance between elegant austerity and a swiftly-rendered, passionate tale of hearts, pure and not so pure, the Washington National Opera's Tosca is everything...

  • Overblown Buffa

    It's a shame the Washington National Opera didn't end its season with the brooding intensity of the memorable Iphigénie en Tauride instead of the determined...

  • The Glory and the Gloom

    With Placido Domingo singing his last role as general director of the Washington National Opera, it's hard not to take the somber – at times...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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