At Fringe, expect the unexpected, and I certainly did not expect a full-blown opera complete with classical Greek heroes and goddesses. A Fire in Water is a work that forges it all together. The production playing in the Lang Theatre at Atlas navigates pretty darn well between the Charybdis and Scylla of epic-style theatre and […]
Don Giovanni lives! – unrepentant and unleashed – at Castleton Festival. The Festival has delivered the story of the world’s most famous reprobate with a terrific company, whose members pull off the tricky changes of dark and light tones of Mozart’s hefty work with remarkable facility – and the singing is top notch.
Opening the 2014 season, with Lorin Maazel scheduled to conduct, word came down from il Maestro himself that this production of Madama Butterfly was the “real thing.” The place was packed and the air was electric in Castleton Festival’s gigantic performance tent. (Certainly this was a different kind of electricity than had met me two […]
It’s delightful sitting in the audience knowing you’re about to write a rave. You relax knowing you have plenty to write. Words will come easily. And in the case of this weekend’s UrbanArias performance, you put your pen down and roll your head back laughing. John Musto’s Bastianello and William Bolcom’s Lucrezia, commissioned and first […]
Opera is fun and in your face in Washington, D.C. lately. “Ladies’ Night” last week at Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle was the fourth performance of the newly founded D.C. chapter of national non-profit Opera on Tap, an organization vowing to take the frou-frou out of opera, a traditionally elitist art form.
Washington Concert Opera is about to bring Giuseppe Verdi’s rarely produced Il Corsaro to the Lisner Auditorium March 9th. It’s the two-hundredth birthday of composer Verdi, and there is much to celebrate, perhaps most especially, contemporary singers’ dedication to carry forward through the glorious human voice the rich gifts of traditional opera. I had the […]