Susan Galbraith speaks with director Aaron Posner and actor Katie deBuys during rehearsals for The Winter’s Tale which opens at Folger Theatre this week. ———————— Susan Galbraith: Aaron, we’re talking about your direction of one of Shakespeare’s most complex plays, The Winter’s Tale. What for you feels like the centrifugal force that could hold the play […]
The icy blast that whipped through Washington this past week blew in a work rarely seen to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House Saturday night that both tested one’s brain stamina and also brought some terrific revelations to Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. It’s a curious opera and poses quite a few challenges, but the production has […]
Watching a Baroque opera delivered by Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette can feel like a refreshing “re-set” time-travel from warp-speed to the pace of a gently-moving skiff down a lazy river. Even the opening warm up tuning the delicate classical instruments feels leisurely and quite frankly helps us return our ever-bombarded ears to the warmest […]
Opera has a promising future, judging by this past weekend’s plethora of riches delivered in the newly renovated Terrace Theatre at The Kennedy Center. As part of the American Opera Initiative, Washington National Opera (WNO) produced the opera Proving Up, and teamed up three pairs of young librettists with composers who were mentored in a year-long process […]
In a world where facts are malleable, the working government gets shut down, good people are without protection of the law, bureaucrats are colluding with the powerful and mad, and officials are left to stir up chaos wherever possible, who better to turn to than Franz Kafka? And who better to deliver theatre that speaks […]
This weekend a new opera, Proving Up, proved itself indeed – a chamber opera worthy for the 21st century. Born out of a spirit of inquiry, Proving Up is mysterious, mesmerizing, startling in moments, and highly atmospheric. The work is less plot-driven than most traditional opera; it has earmarks rather of an extended tone poem.
This coming weekend Washington National Opera will showcase its most vital work: insuring the future of the form by developing young creative talent through its American Opera Initiative (AOI), a process that includes getting short operatic gems up on their feet.
Stillpointe Theatre, a Baltimore-based company known for its sharp takes on the American musical, has just entered the field of opera and became one of the first out of the gate this year to celebrate Bernstein’s hundredth anniversary year with the composer’s Trouble in Tahiti. Seems like the project served as a reunion of some […]
The Little Prince returned to earth this past weekend, filling the newly renovated Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center with a veritable feast of sound and sights. “Amazing!” pronounced Kiko, a first grader from Olney, Md, attending opera for the first time.
Christmas traditions can pull you back into memories of your favorite childhood outings, gooey or punchy. MetroStage has delivered a seasonal British music hall with more punch than goo. Even the lobby has been turned into a kind of olde London pub with appropriate grub and adult beverages. Stoked with “crisps,” and a pint, we […]