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WNO’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ canceled, Kennedy Center closed

WASHINGTON –  On Friday, March 20, the Kennedy Center announced it had canceled its entire program of “public performances and events scheduled through Sunday, May 10, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” In a followup release Tuesday, the KenCen announced that “performances of Once on This Island, Soundtrack ’63, and Washington National ...

WNO’s ‘Twilight of the Gods’: Great music, strange finale

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2016 – Cycle 1 of the Washington National Opera’s long-awaited, first-ever complete Ring Cycle concluded Friday evening with a performance of “The Twilight of the Gods” (“Götterdämmerung”) that was musically brilliant but something of an anti-climax production-wise. “Twilight of the Gods” (“TOG”) was written and composed by Richard Wagner as the grand ...

‘Siegfried’: Catherine Foster returns to WNO’s ‘American Ring’

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 – If Wednesday’s Cycle 1 debut of ‘Siegfried’ – the third of four episodes in the Washington National Opera’s first-ever complete Ring – wasn’t quite as flashy as Monday’s amazing “The Valkyrie” (“Die Walküre”), it’s mostly composer Richard Wagner’s fault. Read also: WNO’s American Ring: A vastly improved ‘Rhinegold’ debuts Writing ...

Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde saves the day in ‘The Valkyrie’

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 – Whether you’re an opera lover living here in the D.C. metro area or an international Wagner fan winging into the nation’s capital for an entire, week-long performance of the Washington National Opera’s (WNO’s) rejuvenated “American” Ring Cycle, you come to the Kennedy Center Opera House expecting drama, excitement, terrific music ...

WNO’s American Ring: A vastly improved ‘Rhinegold’ debuts

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2016 – It’s here at long last, the Washington National Opera’s first-ever performance of Richard Wagner’s epic “Ring Cycle” of operas. Now unfolding at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, this home-grown “American Ring” production likely had its early origins in a memorable 2003 performance of “Die Walküre” just after the turn of ...

WNO’s ‘Lost in the Stars’: South Africa as social metaphor

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2016 – For better or worse, Washington National Opera artistic director Francesca Zambello has most certainly been carrying out her promise to more prominently feature “American opera” each season at the Kennedy Center. Cases in point: the entirety of WNO’s 206 spring season slate of operas includes not only the company’s upcoming ...

WNO’s ‘Better Gods’: New opera explores Hawaiian history

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2016 – The Washington National Opera (WNO) continued with its winter tradition of staging new short operas this past weekend (January 8-9) with the world premier performances of “Better Gods” at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Penned by the composer-librettist team of Luna Pearl Woolf and Caitlin Vincent, the new opera follows ...

American Opera Initiative 2015: A mixed bag of mini-operas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2015 – As with any contemporary new music series, the short opera edition of the Washington National Opera’s (WNO) American Opera Initiative can prove to be a mixed bag. That was certainly the case Wednesday during the 2015 edition of this now-annual WNO event, which is held each year around this time ...

American Opera Initiative adds extra performance Wednesday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2015 – The Washington National Opera (WNO) has added a second performance tonight of its annual American Opera Initiative short-opera world premiere series. Attendance has been surprisingly good for this series over the past several seasons, so much so that demand for tickets this year prompted WNO’s decision to add an additional ...