Karren Alenier is a swing-dancing poet whose opera, Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On, with composer William Banfield and New York City’s Encompass New Opera Theatre artistic director Nancy Rhodes premiered in New York City in June 2005. She writes a monthly column for scene4.com entitled “The Steiny Road to Operadom.” Read about her forthcoming book on opera—The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas at alenier.blogspot.com.
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The Washington National Opera production of “Moby-Dick” is a crowd pleaser. Jake Heggie’s music is tonal, sometimes glancing off Puccini, but ventures out with touches of Philip Glass minimalism and other occasions of atonality that make it satisfyingly contemporary. Maestro ...
Masterful, magnetic, and entertaining best describe the outstanding performance seen Feb. 6 by stage and screen star Kathleen Turner in the uniquely engaging Arena Stage production of Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece “Mother Courage and Her Children.” With lines like “No one ...
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan theater has been transformed from its usual proscenium stage to theater in the round for Robert Richmond’s extraordinary production of “Richard III.” Every element — actors, costumes, scenic design, lighting, sound design and music — ...
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If you were sorry you missed South African artist William Kentridge’s 2010 production of Igor Stravinsky’s short opera “The Nose,” which played at The Metropolitan Opera, you must experience “The Refusal of Time,” a newly acquired art exhibition ...
In the opening program of its 40th anniversary season, the Verge Ensemble, the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum, presented 90 minutes of distinctive contemporary classical music with commentary. While the program included five short computer-generated pieces by Paul ...
Synetic Theater’s brand of physical theater emphasizes speechless Shakespeare. For this adaptation of “Twelfth Night,” the company advanced the setting to the Roaring Twenties, inclusive not only of flappers but also silent film and the specter of Charlie Chaplin. It ...
Making his Kennedy Center debut, pianist David Greilsammer is not only a talented musician but also a man with engaging ideas that reach out to audiences across a wide spectrum of musical history. As part of its Hayes Piano Series, ...
Deborah Voigt in the title role of "Salome"
Photo by Scott Suchman
Music and libretto by Richard Strauss
(in German, based on the Biblical story and Oscar Wilde’s play Salome)
Conducted by Philippe Auguin
Directed by Francesca ...
Liam Bonner and Elizabeth Futral in Ambroise Thomas' "Hamlet" at Washington National Opera
Opera in five acts
Music by Ambroise Thomas
Libretto in French by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier, adapted from William Shakespeare’s play "Hamlet"
Ariadne auf Naxos
Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo van Hofmannsthal
Conducted by Andreas Delfs
Directed by Chris Alexander
Washington National Opera
October 24-November 13, 2009
Photo: Karin Cooper
Transformation is the focus of Richard ...