The Highest Yellow – John Strand/Michael John Chuisa

As the wider than usual curtain sweeps across the stage, the music of The Highest Yellow in minimalist repetition announces that something out of the ordinary is commencing. The musical repetition suggests inebriation, maybe an out-of-body experience, but clearly  ...

Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz

What happens when people refuse to change, will not accept technological advances, and do not know how to cope in a world that has passed them by? Playwright Nilo Cruz explores these predicaments in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna  ...

Dialogues of the Carmelites – Francis Poulenc

Strasburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jan Latham-Koenig: Dialogues Des Carmelites (1999) DVD In Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, overcoming fear is the hurdle a young woman named Blanche de la Force must face in order to  ...

Parsons Dance Company/The Ahn Trio

Wolf Trap presented a remarkable collaboration between the vibrant Parsons Dance Company, the sexy and intense Ahn Trio, and the new music composer Kenji Bunch, who contributed all of the music for the second half of this exhilarating show  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Our capsule review of the 1998 San Francisco world premiere of the opera the film with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh DVD the film with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh VHS  ...

Clara – Robert Convery/Kathleen Cahill

The University of Maryland under the direction of Leon Major has commissioned an engaging new opera by music theater librettist Kathleen Cahill and composer Robert Convery about the life of the extraordinary pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Although Clara is  ...

Manon Lescaut – Giacomo Puccini

The newly renamed Washington National Opera returned to the recently renovated Kennedy Center Opera House with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the opera that launched Puccini’s career. With prestigious stars—Veronica Villarroel (Manon), Franco Farina (Des Grieux) and  ...

Volpone – John Musto/Mark Campbell

Online references on Volpone   In the woods of northern Virginia, Wolf Trap Foundation has premiered Volpone (The Fox), their first commissioned opera. Based on Ben Jonson’s play of the same name, Wolf Trap’s Volpone, with music by  ...

Crowns – Regina Taylor

In the southern community that is represented in Regina Taylor’s musical Crowns, the word on the street is our crowns have been bought and paid for, all we have to do is wear them. And these words, like a  ...