Author Archive for Mike Paarlberg

Igor Levit and Jiří Bělohlávek with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

In which the wunderkind Russian-German pianist finally makes his D.C. debut.

Appomattox at Washington National Opera, Reviewed

Go see Appomattox—especially if you’re not an opera fan.

Lang Lang With the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Lang Lang's panache was in full-force at the Kennedy Center last night.

The Tender Land at Gala Theatre, Reviewed

The In Series' latest opera—part of its "Made In America" series—is about as dull as life on the farm.

Sharon Isbin and Ludovic Morlot with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

NSO attendees are in for a real treat this weekend with guitarist Sharon Isbin filling in for Miloš Karadaglić.

Donald Runnicles and Olga Peretyatko with The National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

If Donald Runnicles is in the running to direct the NSO, last night's performance was an impressive audition.

Assassination is a Revelation for Korean Cinema

This beautiful, historical epic is both a landmark and a rediscovery of form.

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Maryland Lyric Opera, Reviewed

If you’re going to take liberties with famous works of literature, you might as well give us a happy ending or more sex and violence or something.

Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, Reviewed

If you had a time machine, what would you do besides kill Hitler and stop George Lucas from making prequels?

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Wolf Trap Opera, Reviewed

Cross-dressing, switched identities, and R. Kelly trapped-in-the-closet scenarios deign to prevent a count from sexually assaulting or murdering anyone.