La Fille du Régiment

By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Sant-George, Jean-Francois-Alfred Bayard. Washington National Opera, Plácido Domingo, General Director March 31-April 15, 2007 Sung in French with English supertitles website If what you seek in  ...

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,  ...

Aïda

By Giuseppe Verdi Houston Grand Opera April 18, 2007 Aïda: Zvetelina Vassileva Amneris: Dolora Zajick Radames: Marco Berti Carlo Rizzi Conductor Jo Davies: Stage Director Zandra Rhodes: Set and Costume Designer http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Verdi’s Aïda premiered in Cairo in 1871. It  ...

Faust

The devil goes by many names, but for opera (and Goethe) lovers, Mephistopheles is the preferred one. With a talent the size of Samuel Ramey in the role, the devil makes some fine company in the Houston Grand Opera’s dazzling  ...

Faust – Charles Gounod

Inspired by Michel Carre’s 1850 stageplay Faust et Marguerite, Charles Gounod’s Faust was first staged in Paris in 1859, a time and place of political unease and outright war. A key character in the libretto is Marguerite’s brother Valentin,  ...

Das Rheingold – Richard Wagner

Washington National Opera General Director Placido Domingo and guest director Francesca Zambello have launched what they are calling The American Ring with their 2005-2006 production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Except for the Native American style costuming of Erda,  ...

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  ...

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  ...