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BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's LA TRAVIATA is an Exquisite RevivalBWW Review: The Washington National Opera's LA TRAVIATA is an Exquisite Revival
by Sam Abney - October 10, 2018

Even if you've never seen an opera, you know at least one or two of the tunes from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, which has become one of the most popular modern representations for classical opera. While the work was jeered at the time of its premiere, this tragic tale has aged beautifully-with a lush score featuring some of the greatest duets. The Washington National Opera's newest production injects new life into this piece, thanks to smart directorial choices by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and a top-notch creative team. (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 - October 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...)
Washington National Opera Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Former ChoristerWashington 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. (more...)
Washington Concert Opera Announces 2018/2019 SeasonWashington 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 performances at Lisner Auditorium of Charles Gounod's Sapho on November 18th, 2018 and Gioachino Rossini's Zelmira on April 5th, 2019. Also, for the first time ever, WCO will co-present two very special performances of Frank Martin's Le vin herbe at The Barns at Wolf Trap on February 9th and 10th, 2019. (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 - September 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 North Announces Casts For TALES OF HOFFMAN And THE BARBER OF SEVILLEOpera 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 Teasley will reveal the horror of the Cabinet as he performs his original score live at every screening to complement this classic silent film. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the third installment in Constellation's ongoing silent film series featuring Tom Teasley, following The Adventures of Prince Achmed in 2015 and Metropolis in 2016. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be purchased online at www.ConstellationTheatre.org or over the phone by calling 202-204-7741. (more...)
BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTISBWW 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. (more...)
BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's WNO GALA Pays Tribute to Leonard BernsteinBWW 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 Kimmy Schmidt fame fell ill and was unable to perform; Patti LuPone, the top-billed artist of the evening, performed only two fairly short numbers) there was an undeniable electricity to the night. Previously, the WNO held an annual ball which, according to Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein, included neither opera nor a ball. Switching the format to one with a formal gala reception, an opera-filled performance, and elegant dinners hosted by Ambassadors and foreign dignitaries proved the Kennedy Center can still pull off some new tricks. (more...)
Review Roundup: Washington National Opera's CANDIDE Starring Alek Shrader and Emily PogorelcReview 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. (more...)
BWW Review: WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA: CANDIDE at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA: CANDIDE at The Kennedy Center
by Rachael Goldberg - May 7, 2018

Candide's little delights can't quite atone for the production's original sins: injecting far too much self-importance and taking itself far too seriously. (more...)
BWW Review: WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Kennedy Center
by Rachael Goldberg - April 29, 2018

Sometimes, classics are dangerous production choices. But sometimes they're reminders of why we love a story in the first place. Washington National Opera's 'Barber of Seville' is most decidedly the latter. (more...)
WNO Presents Leonard Bernstein's Piercing Satire CANDIDE at the Kennedy CenterWNO Presents Leonard Bernstein's Piercing Satire CANDIDE at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2018

Washington National Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with the company premiere of Leonard Bernstein's biting satire Candide, May 5-26, 2018, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Candide is one of Bernstein's most popular and enduring works, blurring the lines between opera and musical theater. Heading the all-American cast are three powerhouses from the world of opera: tenor Alek Shrader in his WNO debut in the title role, soprano Kathryn Lewek as his forlorn love interest Cunegonde, and WNO audience favorite and local legend Denyce Graves as the Old Lady. This new-to-Washington production, the centerpiece of the Kennedy Center's season-long Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, is directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by Nicole Paiement. (more...)
BWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLOBWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLO
by Benjamin Tomchik - March 6, 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. (more...)
BWW Review: AIDA is a Visual and Auditory Sensation at The Kennedy Center
by Evann Normandin - September 11, 2017

Verdi's sumptuous epic AIDA graces the Kennedy Center for the first time in more than 25 years, and it is a knock-out. The three hour visual and auditory spectacle helmed by director Francesca Zambello and conductor Evan Rogister with original sketches and concept design by famed visual artist RETNA and choreography by one of contemporary dance's leading voices Jessica Lang is not to be missed. In her director's note, Francesca Zambello speaks to AIDA's appeal with opera lovers as part of the very "fabric of our beings", but you surely don't have to be a lover of opera to fall in love with this ensemble and creative team. (more...)
WNO Announces Star-Studded Gala With Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, and Leslie Odom Jr., 6/3
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announces an exciting conclusion to its 2016–2017 season: the 2017 WNO Opera Gala, celebrating WNO Board Chairman Jacqueline Badger Mars, who will step down as Chairman this summer. The Gala, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, will include a concert in the Kennedy Center Opera House featuring the WNO Orchestra and an array of musical stars who will pay special tribute to Jacqueline Mars's visionary leadership of WNO: legendary soprano Rene?e Fleming, superstar mezzo-soprano and D.C. native Denyce Graves, and Hamilton Tony Award® winner Leslie Odom Jr. The Gala is presented as part of JFKC, the Kennedy Center's season-long celebration of John F. Kennedy's centennial, and explores the themes of service and gratitude, which are often associated with President Kennedy. (more...)
Washington Concert Opera Announces 2017/18 Season
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2017

Washington Concert Opera is proud to announce its 2017-2018 lineup. WCO begins its year with a performance of Bellini's La straniera on November 19th and ending on February 18th, 2018 with Donizetti's Maria di Rohan. (more...)
Washington National Opera Presents MADAME BUTTERFLY, 5/6-21
by BWW News Desk - April 3, 2017

Washington National Opera's 2016–2017 season concludes with one of the most beloved operas in the repertory, Puccini's Madame Butterfly, May 6– 21, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Featuring some of the most enduring and memorable music in all of opera, this production also features dazzling sets and costumes by Japanese American production designer Jun Kaneko, whose dramatic designs for WNO's 2014 production of The Magic Flute amazed audiences. This new- to-Washington production from Opera Omaha and San Francisco Opera is directed by Leslie Swackhamer and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin. A special Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance of Madame Butterfly is presented in the Opera House on Friday, May 19, 2017, and features current singers of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. (more...)
BWW Review: Washington National Opera's CHAMPION is a Winner
by Benjamin Tomchik - March 7, 2017

Who among us hasn't fought for acceptance and inner peace? That alone makes Champion a winner. (more...)
Review Roundup: WNO's DEAD MAN WALKING
by BWW News Desk - March 2, 2017

The Washington National Opera opened Dead Man Walking on February 25, which continues throughMarch 11, 2017 in the Opera House. It is based on Sister Helen Prejean's acclaimed 1993 memoir, which tells of her time working with death row inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary and of a particular relationship she developed with one of the inmates. The opera explores the human conflicts posed by society's demands for vengeance and the Christian imperative for forgiveness and love. The lyrical score by composer Jake Heggie (WNO's Moby-Dick, 2014) is widely regarded as a modern classic, while Terrence McNally's balanced libretto has been called one of the most perfect librettos of an American opera ever written. (more...)
BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy Center
by Barbara Johnson - February 27, 2017

Rooted in the moral conflict between society's thirst for justice and Christianity's tenet of forgiveness, the modern American opera DEAD MAN WALKING is an apt selection for the Washington National Opera this season. With a moving score by Jake Heggie and an honest, straightforward libretto by Terrence McNally, it is based on Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 memoir of her work as a spiritual advisor to death row inmates, including one in particular, Joseph De Rocher. The Kennedy Center production directed by Francesca Zambello marks the 50th international production of DEAD MAN WALKING, and it's a bold and haunting one. (more...)