Author Archive for Mike Paarlberg

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.

Leonidas Kavakos with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

This violinist once sued a guy who broke his bow and demanded an audience not clap for him. Anyway, how'd he play?

Leticia Moreno with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

A regal Spanish violinist plays French composers' interpretations of Spain

I’m on a Boat: Washington National Opera’s The Flying Dutchman, Reviewed

Parallels to Wagner’s life: He once took a long boat trip and probably felt persecuted and sexually frustrated a lot.

Washington National Opera’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Who said it: Francis Poulenc or ISIS?

Christoph Eschenbach Will Step Down as NSO Director

Here's who should replace him.

Why Tchaikovsky is a Good Choice for the National Symphony’s Series

Like Michael Bay, who gave us the Transformers and Bad Boys franchises, Tchaikovsky was considered a hack in his day.

Pianist/Novelist/Bodybuilder Tzimon Barto with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

There are some bizarre elements in the piece, which supposedly illustrate an opium hallucination and a Satanic orgy.