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WNO Set to Celebrate Bernstein Centennial With ‘Candide’
The Washington National Opera is preparing to finish off its 2017-18 season, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial anniversary with his “opera” “Candide.” The run kicks off on May 6, 2018, at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The celebration is set to feature an all-star cast that includes tenor Alek Shrader in his WNO debut. He will take on the title role opposite Kathryn Lewek as his lover Cunegonde. Lewek, of course,…
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Metropolitan Opera Guild to Honor Renée Fleming
The Metropolitan Opera Guild will hold a luncheon to honor superstar soprano Renée Fleming on Dec. 7, 2017. The event will feature a massive list of superstars in attendance, including Martina Arroyo, Jamie Barton, Harry Bicket, Harolyn Blackwell, Stephanie Blythe, Wolfgang Brendel, Joseph Calleja, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Philip Cokorinos, James Conlon, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Dwayne Croft, Loretta Di Franco, Rosalind Elias, Lauren Flanigan, Marcello Giordani, Denyce Graves, Anthony Dean Griffey, John…
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Washington National Opera ‘Aida’ To Take Inspiration From Famed Street Artist
Washington National Opera’s new production of “Aida” will not be a traditional approach. But that isn’t to say that it will be a completely radical approach. According to a press release WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, who will direct the new version of Verdi’s late masterpiece, is inspired by the street artist RETNA, whose work uses calligraphy, hieroglyphics, and striking colors and shapes to evoke a mythic past with a…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Shaping the Operatic Future – Francesca Zambello on Being Artistic Head At WNO & The Glimmerglass Festival
It was backstage at the Washington National Opera Gala after a star-studded evening. The stars standing outside their dressing rooms receiving backstage guests as they started to accumulate at the bottom of the stairs in their evening wear. That’s where we caught WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, who had, as she is known to do, watched the entire show from the audience. Quickly we made her acquaintance and she showed…
In Review Stage Reviews
Washington National Opera 2016-17 Review: ‘Trading Voices’ Gala Is An Inspiring Tribute To Opera
How do you put on a gala? That is a question that most houses sometimes ask. Some think it is about uniting the most stars and having them walk on stage and just sing arias one after the other. Other houses put on different scenes from operas. Most recently we witnessed singers in costumes, standing and singing for over four hours at the Metropolitan Opera this past May. However, the…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Cyrano de Bergerac: Alagna & Rowley Lead Production Filled With ‘Panache’
Franco Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” has never truly managed to establish a foothold in the operatic canon. The work only premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and Roberto Alagna, the opera’s most dedicated interpreter has stated that he struggled to find a company willing to take a chance on it. Despite its Italian composer, the music works very much in the vein of Debussy, Alfano eschewing sustained melody in…
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Everything You Need to Know About Houston Grand Opera 2017-18 Season
The Houston Grand Opera announced its 2017-18 season Thursday with opening night featuring Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In sum, there will be seven operas overall between October 20, 2017 and May 11, including one World Premiere. The 2017 Operas “La Traviata” opens the season for seven performances with Albina Shagimuratova. This will be the soprano’s fourth run of the work in the last four years and the first time she takes…