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  ...

Falstaff, Washington D.C.

Falstaff Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Arrigo Boito based on William Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing Directed by Christian Räth Washington National Opera October 10-30, 2009 http://www.dc-opera.org/ Photo:  ...

A View from the Bridge

Opera by composer William Bolcom Libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Arthur Miller Washington National Opera November 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 2007 http://www.dcopera.org/ourseason/bridge.asp Photo by Karen Cooper A View from the Bridge with music  ...

Little Women

by Mark Adamo Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, DC June 16, 20, and 24, 2007 website Since it’s 1998 premiere by the Houston Grand Opera, Mark Adamo’s first opera Little Women has remarkably joined the  ...

Vivaldi’s Virgins

  The lyricism of Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick rivals the subject matter of this well written and researched novel about gifted orphans taught to play exquisite original music by the master Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. Quick wields the  ...

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

If you have been promising yourself that this year you will dig in to appreciate and understand contemporary classical music, start by investing in The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross. However, the carefully crafted  ...

Satyagraha

My dear late best friend Danny Cariaga, classical music critic extraordinaire of the Los Angeles Times, once observed that people went to Wagner’s operas when they were new because they had more time. But now, with the onslaught of e-mails,  ...

Die Walküre

For Washington National Opera, director Francesca Zambello has developed an “American Ring” based on Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nebelungen. In the 2006-2007 season, Die Walküre, the second opera in this suite of four, premiered with outstanding internationally known singers,  ...