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  ...

Mazeppa – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

The Mazeppa Legend in European Romanticism (1974), Hubert F. Babinski Online references on Mazeppa  Vulture, dove, and arrow are the metaphors used in Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa to describe three of the central characters.  ...

The Mother of Us All – Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein

Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism (1995), Steven Watson Gertrude Stein Original serigraph by Robert Indiana Limited edition of 150; signed and numbered   To appreciate The  ...

Crave

Crave, a one-act drama that premiered in 1998 by the late Sarah Kane, comes out of the experimental and absurdist tradition of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Like the plays of Beckett, Pinter, and Albee, Crave combines wordplay,  ...

500 Clown MacBeth

500 Clown Macbeth is the signature work of the Chicago-based performance art theater group 500 Clown. Intent on breaking through what’s known in theater as the Fourth Wall (that invisible barrier between actors and audience), three actors—Molly Brennan (Kevin), Adrian  ...

Sophie’s Choice

www.dc-opera.org/ British composer Nicholas Maw's impressive full-length opera Sophie's Choice, based on William Styron's well-known novel by the same title, made its fourth production and North American debut appearance by Washington National Opera during the period known as  ...

The First Emperor

Elizabeth Futral plays the role of Princess Yueyang in "The First Emperor" during the final dress rehearsal Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, in New York. The new opera by composer-conductor Tan Dun, is set in the ancient court of Qin Shi  ...

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Blood is the image that dominates Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a one-act opera written by composer Bela Bartk with libretto in Hungarian by Bela Balazs. Washington National Opera, under the direction of film director William Friedkin (best known  ...