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March 12   -  

WNO Announces

So, apparently some glitch is preventing me from getting WNO emails anymore and I was also kind of oblivious last week, hence the tardy comment on their 2012-2013 season announcement, which goes something like this:Anna Bolena w/ SondRAD in her role ...

March 3   -  

Cosi at WNO

Well there is certainly no shortage of faults to be found in WNO's new Cosi, I'm afraid. Jonathan Miller's production, which has been kicking around for nearly 20 years (it premiered at ROH in 1995), is something of a racket, it seems. Impossibly ...

February 11   -  

Orphee at Virginia Opera

Listen up DMV people who have bemoaned the less-than-imaginative WNO season this year--the Virginia Opera deserves some love. For just one more show Sunday afternoon, they are offering a very worthwhile production of Phillip Glass' captivating 1993 ...

February 3   -  

Gotterdammerung: Washing the Bearskin

First the pleasant section about what was a solid if not extraordinary reading of Gotterdamerung last Friday's premiere offered, falling slightly above par for the cycle on the whole. This is certainly Deborah Voigt's most successful Brunnhilde of ...

January 15   -  

NSO plays Matthews, Mackey, Sibelius

Saw the NSO with violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu last night, in the DC-premiere of a captivating violin concerto by the composer Steve Mackey composed, Sibelius' 5th, and orchestrations of selected Debussy Preludes by ...

January 8   -  

Zuill Bailey plays Bach

Zuill Bailey did the cellist's Iron Man yesterday at Strathmore--a back-to-back performance of all six of the Bach unaccompanied cello suites. His disc of the suites is here. It's no mystery why people don't run this gauntlet in public more often. ...

January 6   -  

Stuff from last year: Lucia at WNO

More from before the breakAfter the competent but pedestrian Tosca that opened the season, WNO's Lucia de Lammermoor, in a production by David Alden, was a most welcome second outing. I saw the B cast led by Lyubov Petrova on November 16. Alden's ...

January 5   -  

Stuff from last year: Dark Sisters

So anyways: way on back in early November I saw Dark Sisters (i.e. the other Nico Muhly opera, about polygamists in a splinter Mormon sect, with libretto by Stephen Karam). Reviews of this first run (it returns in Philadelphia in June) were, shall we ...
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