Moby-Dick, Washington, DC

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  ...

Mother Courage and Her Children, Washington, DC

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  ...

Richard III, Washington, DC

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 —  ...

The Refusal of Time

  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  ...

Verge Ensemble, “Modern Mystics”

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  ...

Twelfth Night, Arlington, Va.

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  ...

David Greilsammer at Kennedy Center

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,  ...

Salome, Washington, DC

Deborah Voigt in the title role of "Salome" Photo by Scott Suchman Salome 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  ...

Hamlet, Washington National Opera

Hamlet 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" Conducted  ...

Ariadne auf Naxos, Washington D.C.

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 http://www.dc-opera.org/ Photo: Karin Cooper Transformation is the focus of Richard  ...