When you want to understand a new theatrical work in a challenging form like opera, with its many moveable parts, it’s not enough to plop down for a single performance. Ideally, you should attend a rehearsal. This is where you can best witness innovative directions new opera is taking and most especially see opera get […]
The DC chapter of the national non-profit Opera on Tap launched last week at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. Titled Love is in the Air, Opera on Tap DC’s first performance (co-presented with the Washington National Opera Bravo club) included an array of opera and musical theatre favorites in bite-sized crowd-pleasing sets.
Mark Vanhoenacker of Slate declared classical music dead last week, but DC divas aren’t going down without a fight. The new DC metro chapter of Opera on Tap, a non-profit organization devoted to stomping out the stereotype “opera is stuffy,” will make its premiere on Wednesday, February 5 at the Black Fox Lounge.
DCTS has partnered with Angelika Mosaic Film Center in Fairfax, Virginia to offer you free tickets to the latest screenings of opera, ballet and theatre from around the world. We have 3 pairs of tickets to the screening of the opening night performance at Teatro alla Scala for LA TRAVIATA (recorded Dec. 7, 2013). As […]
The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me, a new opera based on Jeanette Winterson’s acclaimed children’s novel, premiered in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Saturday night. Washington National Opera’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello is interested in music and theatre that speaks to us today, and The Lion, The Unicorn and Me is no exception.
DCTS has partnered with Angelika Mosaic Film Center in Fairfax, Virginia to offer you free tickets to the latest screenings of opera, ballet and theatre from around the world. We have 3 pairs of tickets to the next screenings of the Royal Opera House presentation of Verdi’s grand opera LES VEPRES SICILIENNES, being shown for […]
A Family Reunion, a mesmerizing modern opera by the late Christopher Patton, a composer of avant-garde new music, hits home where the heart is, but doesn’t hit you over the head with guilt trips for benign neglect. The libretto written by William Moses is about a debilitating illness that comes uninvited and raises the question: […]
The In Series Pocket Opera Company continues its season with another bold and juicy double bill. Last spring, Love and Money, a surprise hit, featured Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s last opera (written in 1918), Gianni Schicchi, the saucy, hilarious satire, laced with realism. In contrast, The Spirits (Le Villi), a dark one-act fantasy, is the […]
Dispatches from American Voices: Renee Fleming & Friends Opera singer Renee Fleming contacted Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center over a year ago with the idea to gather together singers, songwriters, teachers, managers and producers from across the spectrum of music genres and styles. What could these artists learn from each other? And what could […]
“Invest in what you love.” Washington National Opera and The Kennedy Center have put their considerable forces behind doing just that, and what Artistic Director Francesca Zambello loves is new American opera. Wednesday evening, November 13th, on the Terrace Theatre stage, she announced the second season of Washington Opera Initiatives, corralling three teams of composers-librettists, […]
The beginning of Washington National Opera’s production of The Force of Destiny is more like an indie movie than a 19th century opera. A seemingly normal family sits at a table in silence – that’s right, silence. Verdi’s underperformed masterpiece does not open with a bang, but a whisper. The woman next to me shifted […]
There are many brave aspects of this elegantly sparse production, including its hypnotic single set of rippling silk walls and composer Richard Wagner’s romantic yearnings stripped-down to their essence. Director Neil Armfield has pared so much “production” away that it feels like a chamber opera with the focus concentrated on the interior thoughts and emotional […]