WASHINGTON, DC OPERA NEWS COVERAGE

BWW Review: Washington National Opera's Splendid TOSCA Photo BWW Review: Washington National Opera's Splendid TOSCA
by Roger Catlin - May 14, 2019

It's easy to see why 'Tosca' is one of the most popular works in opera.Its very musical style, broken free from the strict opera house rules before it, allows it to breathe. Singers are not urgently singing every moment. The supertitles person can take a break as it goes dark from time to time. Stil...
BWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good Time Photo BWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good Time
by Sam Abney - March 20, 2019

Few works have inspired such a long-lasting legacy as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust. The Faustian bargain has become a common expression for metaphorically selling one's soul in order to obtain their goals. Of course, the metaphor is much less metaphorical in von Goethe's work and, subsequently...
BWW Review: WNO's Exquisite EUGENE ONEGIN at the Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: WNO's Exquisite EUGENE ONEGIN at the Kennedy Center
by Benjamin Tomchik - March 12, 2019

Washington National Opera's (WNO) Eugene Onegin is exquisite! The entire evening soars like a dream with pitch-perfect performances led by the immaculate Anna Nechaeva as Tatiana....
BWW Review: Washington Concert Opera Serves Up a Seductive SAPHO Photo BWW Review: Washington Concert Opera Serves Up a Seductive SAPHO
by Sam Abney - November 21, 2018

If you have ever attended an opera and thought 'all of these sets and costumes are so incredibly distracting' then Washington Concert Opera would be right up your alley. Stripping away the grandiose of an opera production, WCO presents their works in their most raw form: with just an orchestra, a ch...
VIDEO: WNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera House Photo VIDEO: WNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera House
by BWW News Desk - October 05, 2018

Washington National Opera opens its 2018-2019 season with a stunning new production by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello of Verdi's La traviata, October 6-21, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets start at $45. From the famous brindisi drinking song to the heartbreaking 'Addio del ...
Washington National Opera Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Former Chorister Photo Washington National Opera Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Former Chorister
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) is grateful to announce the receipt of an unexpected $1.1 million donation from Clifford D. Thomson, a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for 30 years....
Washington Concert Opera Announces 2018/2019 Season Photo Washington Concert Opera Announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is excited to announce its 2018-2019 lineup, a season that celebrates strong women and the return of beloved opera stars. WCO kicks off the year with their second annual Opera Outside at Washington D.C.'s Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on Oct 27th, followed by performanc...
Opera North Announces Casts For TALES OF HOFFMAN And THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo Opera North Announces Casts For TALES OF HOFFMAN And THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2018

Kicking off its 2017/18 Season: Survival Instincts, Constellation Theatre Company will present screenings of the 1920 German expressionist horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from August 9-13 at Source, located at 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Helen Hayes Award-winning percussionist Tom T...
BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS Photo BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS
by Roger Catlin - June 19, 2018

'Holocaust Opera' is probably not the most inviting description for the season ending offering for the In Series....
BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's WNO GALA Pays Tribute to Leonard Bernstei Photo BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's WNO GALA Pays Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
by Sam Abney - May 25, 2018

As both a celebration of the Washington National Opera and a culmination of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, last weekend's Opera Gala definitely found success. While the evening had its share of disappointments (Titus Burgess of Unbreakable K...
Review Roundup: Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily P Photo Review Roundup: Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, running now through May 26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House....
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE's 'Easily Assimilated' Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE's 'Easily Assimilated'
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, running now through May 26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Check out photos of the production below!...
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, running now through May 26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Check out photos of the production below!...
Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Sh Photo Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, running now through May 26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Check out photos of the production below!...
Kennedy Center Announces Renée Fleming's VOICES Showcase Lineup Photo Kennedy Center Announces Renée Fleming's VOICES Showcase Lineup
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Artistic Advisor at Large Renee Fleming today announce the schedule of performances for the 2018-2019 Renee Fleming VOICES series, marking its third season celebrating the power of the voice across a wide range of genres....
BWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLO Photo BWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLO
by Benjamin Tomchik - March 06, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi's epic opera is being staged for the first time in two decades at WNO and features a sterling cast in a grand production....
BWW Review: MARIA DI ROHAN at Washington Concert Opera Photo BWW Review: MARIA DI ROHAN at Washington Concert Opera
by Molly Korroch - February 22, 2018

While not entirely rare for a single family to possess multiple musical talents, it's certainly unusual to see two people from the same family as leads in the same performance. Washington Concert Opera's Sunday evening performance of Maria di Rohan was such an anomaly: an opera featuring sisters. Ma...
Washington National Opera Announces 2018/19 Season; LA TRAVIATA, SILENT NIGHT, ONEGIN Photo Washington National Opera Announces 2018/19 Season; LA TRAVIATA, SILENT NIGHT, ONEGIN, and More!
by Alan Henry - January 31, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO), led by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, announces its 2018-2019 season, one that continues its focus on bold productions of classic operas, fascinating contemporary perspectives, and the best in American artistry. The season includes a new WNO production of Verd...
BWW Review: AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE: THREE 20-MINUTE OPERAS at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE: THREE 20-MINUTE OPERAS at The Kennedy Center
by Molly Korroch - January 23, 2018

Composers and librettists were the stars Saturday night at The Kennedy Center's triple world premiere. For six years, the American Opera Initiative Festival (AOI) has selected three composer-librettist teams to create their own 20-minute operas under the guidance of a seasoned composer and librettis...
Anthony Kearns Performs at 'Shelter to Service' Holiday Event Photo Anthony Kearns Performs at 'Shelter to Service' Holiday Event
by BWW News Desk - January 07, 2018

On Sunday, December 17, American Humane, an animal welfare non-profit organization, gathered with its distinguished guests for an annual celebration in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building at the newly-renovated Phoenix Park Hotel. The event showcased American Humane's Shelter to Service progra...
BWW Review: LA STRANIERA at Washington Concert Opera Photo BWW Review: LA STRANIERA at Washington Concert Opera
by Molly Korroch - November 28, 2017

Washington Concert Opera brings a nicely performed La Straniera to Lisner Auditorium nearly two hundred years after its premiere at La Scala Milan. Vincenzo Bellini's first Milanese success took place in 1827 in the form of Il pirata. Two years later, he stood in a shadow of his own making. He neede...