BWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good TimeBWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good Time
by Sam Abney - Mar 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, the Charles Gounod opera which stems from this German classic. Gounod's opera isn't always perfect, but the Washington National Opera's new production which opened at the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening breathes enough life into this classic that you'll likely not notice the over three hours you've spent watching the drama unfold. (more...)

VIDEO: WNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera HouseVIDEO: WNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 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 passato' aria, the original 'Pretty Woman' proves it's better to have loved once than not at all. Verdi's romantic masterpiece and familiar tunes are as timeless as the storyline is contemporary, pitting tensions of social class against Violetta's personal sacrifice. (more...)

WNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera HouseWNO's Presents LA TRAVIATA In The Kennedy Center Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 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 passato' aria, the original 'Pretty Woman' proves it's better to have loved once than not at all. Verdi's romantic masterpiece and familiar tunes are as timeless as the storyline is contemporary, pitting tensions of social class against Violetta's personal sacrifice. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Free Refugee Voices ProgramsOpera Saratoga Announces Free Refugee Voices Programs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson today announced Refugee Voices, two special events to complement the company's new production of The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Free Refugee Voices ProgramsOpera Saratoga Announces Free Refugee Voices Programs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson today announced Refugee Voices, two special events to complement the company's new production of The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer FestivalOpera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson today announced the complete casting and programming for the company's 2018 Summer Festival, which will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26th through July 15th at venues throughout the region. Single tickets, as well as subscription packages, are on sale now at www.operasaratoga.org. (more...)

THE MERRY WIDOW, ROCKING HORSE WINNER and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2018 Summer Festival ProgramTHE MERRY WIDOW, ROCKING HORSE WINNER and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2018 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced that the company's 2018 Summer Festival will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theatre in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26 through July 15 at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting and Programs for 2018 Summer FestivalOpera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting and Programs for 2018 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson today announced the complete casting and programming for the company's 2018 Summer Festival, which will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26th through July 15th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2018-19 Opera Season, Celebrates Literary MasterworksMichigan Opera Theatre Announces 2018-19 Opera Season, Celebrates Literary Masterworks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

Michigan Opera Theatre CEO and President Wayne S. Brown and Principal Conductor Stephen Lord today announced the company's 2018-19 opera season.  MOT's 48th opera season will be the second under Lord's artistic leadership and celebrates masterworks of literature turned opera, with "Eugene Onegin" (Pyotr Tchaikovsky), "Candide" (Leonard Bernstein) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie). The season also includes a staple of the opera repertoire, "The Barber of Seville" (Gioachino Rossini) and a fairytale opera, "Hansel and Gretel" (Engelbert Humperdinck). The season begins Sept. 29 with a gala concert featuring opera superstar Renee Fleming.   (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer FestivalOpera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced the complete casting and programming for the company's 2018 Summer Festival, which will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26th through July 15th at venues throughout the region. Single tickets, as well as subscription packages, are on sale now at www.operasaratoga.org. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer FestivalOpera Saratoga Announces Complete Casting And Programs For 2018 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced the complete casting and programming for the company's 2018 Summer Festival, which will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26th through July 15th at venues throughout the region. Single tickets, as well as subscription packages, are on sale now at www.operasaratoga.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At Lucia di Lammermoor at The MetPhoto Flash: First Look At Lucia di Lammermoor at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

Lucia di Lammermoor is now open at The Metropolitan Opera! Get a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Lucia di Lammermoor at The Met?Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Lucia di Lammermoor at The Met?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende, who have each impressed audiences with dazzling bel canto portrayals at the Met. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Roberto Abbado conducts. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces 2018/19 Season; LA TRAVIATA, SILENT NIGHT, ONEGIN, and More!Washington National Opera Announces 2018/19 Season; LA TRAVIATA, SILENT NIGHT, ONEGIN, and More!
by Alan Henry - Jan 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 Verdi's classic romantic drama La traviata, the company premiere of Kevin Puts's and Mark Campbell's Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, Tchaikovsky's epic Eugene Onegin, Gounod's devilishly entertaining Faust, and Puccini's towering masterpiece Tosca. The season also features a weekend of four world premieres during the American Opera Initiative Festival; a revival of WNO's hit world-premiere holiday family opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me; a special Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist performance of La traviata; and other exciting vocal events, including the annual Mars, lnc.'s Opera in the Outfield. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

DIE WALK RE runs through November 30 at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the critics are weighing in! (more...)

THE MERRY WIDOW, ROCKING HORSE WINNER and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2018 Summer Festival ProgramTHE MERRY WIDOW, ROCKING HORSE WINNER and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2018 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced that the company's 2018 Summer Festival will feature new productions of four operas at The Spa Little Theatre in Spa State Park, along with a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events from May 26 through July 15 at venues throughout the region. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces OPERA FOR ALL VOICES: STORIES OF OUR TIME
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

San Francisco Opera announces Opera for All Voices: Stories of Our Time, a new commissioning initiative committed to telling wide-ranging stories that resonate with all audiences, regardless of age or prior experience with opera. (more...)

AZ Opera to Present MADAMA BUTTERFLY in Tucson, Phoenix This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Arizona Opera kicks off 2017 with Puccini's masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, in Tucson on January 28 at 7:30 pm and January 29 at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall at 260 S. Church and in Phoenix on February 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm and February 5 at 2:00 pm in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. (more...)

AZ Opera to Present MADAMA BUTTERFLY in Tucson, Phoenix This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Arizona Opera kicks off 2017 with Puccini's masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, in Tucson on January 28 at 7:30 pm and January 29 at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall at 260 S. Church and in Phoenix on February 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm and February 5 at 2:00 pm in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT at Washington National Opera
by Jenny Minich - Nov 14, 2016

Despite it's bombastic and highly visible ensemble of cheery papas, THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT is a showcase for its two stars, Oropesa and Brownlee. (more...)

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