“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up” “To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up”

Tosca, as it exists now, can’t be real, spontaneous drama-it’s just Camp.

on June 03, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Turning over an old leaf Turning over an old leaf

Is there any opera that can take more of a beating while still making an impact than Eugene Onegin

on March 12, 2019 at 9:36 AM
Christmas past imperfect Christmas past imperfect

Give the creators credit for producing an emotional response.

on November 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Home run Home run

The Barber of Seville turned out to be the most overall solid production of the year and even a bit of old-fashioned fun.

on May 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Give ’em Hellman Give ’em Hellman

I mean, how often does one get to hear Bernstein’s gorgeous, rollicking, and varied score nursed by a full orchestra and the artistic resources of an opera company?

on May 21, 2018 at 9:21 AM
Family values Family values

A regular day in 2018 Washington, D.C., or Verdi’s Don Carlo?

on March 25, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Little house on the scary 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.

on January 22, 2018 at 12:21 PM
Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson.

on December 01, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Girl power Girl power

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

on November 06, 2017 at 9:26 AM
Celeste graffiti Celeste graffiti

Aida certainly has its longueurs.

on September 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Keeping the faith Keeping the faith

Going into Washington National Opera’s final presentation of the season, Madama Butterfly, I feared that I might be geisha’d out.

on May 08, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Ring cycle Ring cycle

Washington National Opera continued a focus on recent works this season with Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s 2013 opera Champion on the life of boxer Emile Griffith.

on March 08, 2017 at 12:11 PM
‘Dead Man,’ stumbling ‘Dead Man,’ stumbling

The opera is relentlessly obvious, a work that repeatedly turns to tired tropes and canned characters to fill up its nearly three hour run time.

on February 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Pyramid scheme Pyramid scheme

Isn’t it inspiring how deeply Francesca Zambello has sunk her tentacles into the heart of American opera?

on February 01, 2017 at 10:17 PM
On topic On topic

Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, now in its 5th year, keeps the opera flame alight at the Kennedy Center during the long winter stretch between mainstage WNO productions.

on January 25, 2017 at 10:40 AM
After the fall After the fall

Washington National Opera offered a shellshocked D.C. some much-needed diversion Saturday night, with a new production of La Fille du Regiment.

on November 13, 2016 at 2:07 PM
And let the voice of Justice bring relief And let the voice of Justice bring relief

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes her curtain call.

on November 13, 2016 at 12:07 AM
Crazy stupid love Crazy stupid love

Well, that didn’t last long.

on September 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM
A choice, not an ecosystem A choice, not an ecosystem

Washington National Opera’s first Ring Cycle came to a bittersweet conclusion this past Sunday, closing the door on an extraordinary three weeks in the opera house and a remarkable musical and theatrical achievement for the company.

on May 26, 2016 at 4:28 PM
That ’70s show That ’70s show

Washington National Opera followed up Monday’s lavishly praised Die Walküre with a Siegfried that, if not quite rising to the summit of the previous installment, delivered a musically committed and eminently watchable version of this complicated work.

on May 09, 2016 at 12:14 PM
Special guest Heldenreizerin Special guest Heldenreizerin

WNO’s first complete Ring Cycle continued Monday evening with a revamped version of the Die Walküre first seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007.

on May 04, 2016 at 1:03 PM
Burden of gilt Burden of gilt

Happily, this Rheingold, which returned to the Kennedy Center Saturday night to open the first of three complete cycles, has been shorn of its clumsier gestures.

on May 03, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Nun zäume dein Ross Nun zäume dein Ross

Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the Monday, May 2 performance of The Valkyrie at WNO.

on May 02, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Play well Play well

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s 1949 musicalization of Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country has found a tentative home on the opera stage.

on February 16, 2016 at 8:50 AM