Posts Tagged ‘in series’

In La Sonnambula, the Perils of Translating a Foreign-Language Opera

Few things puncture opera’s highbrow conceit better than hearing a soprano sing “It’s my way or the highway.”

Imperial Overstretch: The In Series’ Clemenza di Tito, Reviewed

Thirteen years ago, imprisoned Italian radical Antonio Negri and Bethesda native literary theorist Michael Hardt published a nearly impenetrable 500-page tome called Empire, and the U.S. government got a new nickname. Their sweeping, neo-Marxist analysis actually described a broader set of actors, from Exxon-Mobil to the IMF, as comprising the new global hegemon. But we’re [...]

The In Series’ “Love and Witchcraft,” Reviewed

Seeing an opera at the Source is like having courtside tickets to a Wizards game. This is something you’re used to seeing from afar, if at all—not a couple of  folding chairs away from the action.
The In Series, a Latino-themed company that combines classical opera with cabaret, zarzuela, and other styles, makes the most of [...]

The In Series’ Love Potion #1 at GALA Hispanic Theatre, Reviewed

Is it an opera or a musical? It’s a question one could ask about the bulk of the In Series’ productions, which tend to straddle the space between the two. The series' season opener, Love Potion #1 (L’Elisir d’Amore), skews more in the musical-theater direction. And it works, taking on just enough of the Donizetti [...]

The In Series’ María la O and Pagliacci, Reviewed

The In Series opera company wants audiences to forget they’re seeing an opera.  So for its “Pocket Opera on 14th Street” double bill, playing now at the Source Theatre, director Joe Banno made the unusual choice to present Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with the lesser-known María la O by Ernesto Lecuona. It’s a novel and, ultimately, entertaining [...]

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