Lysistrata – Mark Adamo

Lysistrata -Mark Adamo Illustration from Lysistrata by Aubrey Beardsley Buy it at Art.com  Lysistrata or The Nude Goddess by Mark Adamo is opera buffa with a tremolo of serious drama. Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera and Opera  ...

An American Tragedy – Tobias Picker

The Metropolitan Opera commissioned and premiered an ambitious new opera, An American Tragedy, by composer Tobias Picker with a libretto by Gene Scheer. The two act opera is based on Theodore Dreiser’s best-selling novel that deals with the sordid side  ...

Horizon – Rinde Eckert

Rinde Eckert, author of And God Created Great Whales, is back on stage with his new theater work entitled Horizon. Like Great Whales, Horizon addresses the big questions of life through radical storytelling. Horizon centers on a theologian named  ...

Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin

The community at Catfish Row, including the cripple Porgy, sexpot Bess, thug Crown, and drug-dealer Sportin’ Life, spring to life in Washington National Opera’s new production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The credit for this stunning success lies with  ...

I Vespri Siciliani – Giuseppe Verdi

The music of Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani opens majestically and alternates in turn with playful and emotionally dark interludes. Coming after Rigoletto, Il Travatore, and La Traviata, Vespri, infrequently performed in the contemporary repertory, offers the work of the mature  ...

The Maid of Orleans – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII in Reims Cathedral Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres barewalls.com Online references on Joan of Arc  The temptation to poke fun at Washington National Opera’s production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s  ...

Acis et Galatee – Jean Baptiste Lully

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) composed Acis et Galatee to honor the Grand Dauphin, the son of Louis XIV. In the literary tradition of the day, the libretto, written by a minor playwright named Jean Galbert de Campistron, opens with direct address  ...

Fallen from Proust – Norman Allen

Fallen From Proust, a new play by by Norman Allen, is an entertaining comedy about relationships. Its fast-paced, clever dialogue is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Like Wilde’s comedy of manners and satire on Victorian  ...