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Harry Rose

Home run

Rosina’s Turn

WNO’s season has been uneven at best with some outstanding performances in memory (Proving Up, Eric Owens and Melody Moore in Don Carlo, Tamara Wilson in Aïda) and others that fell flat. I expected the valedictory production of the 2017-18 season, The Barber of Seville, to be reflective of that unevenness, but it instead turned out to be the most overall solid production of the year and even a bit of old-fashioned fun.  Read more »

Give ’em Hellman

As musical theatre and opera companies around the country race to celebrate the Leonard Bernstein centennial, the ubiquity of Candidefeels practically unavoidable. And at Washington National Opera, Francesca Zambello’s main gig when she’s not directing internationally or summering up in Cooperstown, Candide’s ubiquity feels wholly inevitable.  Read more »

Family values

An insecure leader hounded by hubris, his repressed, suppressed, and far-from-home younger wife, his tormented son whose own political life is hounded romance and tense alliances, a dangerously seductive third party set on bringing them all down, and a mysterious, threatening governing body that seems to be pulling the strings on the whole thing; a regular day in 2018 Washington, D.C., or Verdi’s Don CarloRead more »

Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story.

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Little house on the scary

Out of a literal perforation in the horizon of the Nebraskan prairie emerges Proving Up, the most convincing case I have ever seen for modern American opera.

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Women seem wicked when you're unwanted

Stranger things

Vincenzo Bellini’s La Straniera was presented at George Washington University’s dreary Lisner Hall on Sunday.

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We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Could Barbara Hannigan be Joni Mitchell’s classical counterpart?

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Girl power

Washington National Opera’s lukewarm Alcina, unthreateningly misguided in both its musical and theatrical values, made little impact.

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White people problems

How on Earth will these fictitious luminaries of turn-of-the-century Swedish society keep their clothes clean?

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I see flags, I hear bells, There's a parade in Memphis. Photo: Scott Suchman

Celeste graffiti

Aida certainly has its longueurs.

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