Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Opera’

La Bohéme at Virginia Opera, Reviewed

During a sobering time in Paris, the Virginia Opera's production of this Parisian classic felt particularly mournful.

Virginia Opera’s Carmen, Reviewed

Louis C.K. has a bit in which he notes how incredible it is that women continue to go out with men, given that the number one threat to women, and chief cause of injury and mayhem to them is, well, men. The number one threat to men? Heart disease.
So it’s worth remembering that in Carmen, [...]

Arts Roundup: Horrendous Recording Edition

The Washington Ballet's annual Nutcracker had to ditch live music this year. In its place, says Sarah Kaufman, is a "a truly horrendous recording" of Tchaikovsky's score. [Post]
Take a look at WPFW-FM's new revised schedule. The most dramatic change: Most music has been slashed from workday hours. [City Desk]
A while back, publishing company TufAmerica filed an awfully poorly timed [...]

Holy Cornballs, Batman! Virginia Opera’s Die Fledermaus, Reviewed

Satire is tough to pull off in opera. Die Fledermaus, we are told, is really a sly spoof of 19th century Vienna’s decadent party-hopping upper crust. But to present-day audiences lacking such a point of reference, it just looks like a bunch of rich white people mincing around in silly costumes. Which is pretty much [...]

Bros Before Throes: Virginia Opera’s Pearl Fishers, Reviewed

The nice thing about modernity is, thanks to things like books and TV and the Internet, we can actually know what people in Sri Lanka are like: how they live, worship, their system of government, and so on. We don’t have to just make shit up like Georges Bizet did. His opera Les pêcheurs de [...]

Virginia Opera’s Orphée at George Mason Center for the Arts, Reviewed

Philip Glass’s vision of hell has Orpheus and Eurydice being grilled about their love life by judges holding tea cups. It looks a lot like marriage counseling.
This probably wasn’t the point Glass wanted to get across in Orphée, presented this weekend by the Virginia Opera at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Glass wrote [...]

Virginia Opera’s Aida at George Mason Center for the Arts, Reviewed

Opera isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time; the Virginia Opera’s production of Aida is a reminder as to why that is.  Giuseppe Verdi’s tale of a love triangle at the center of a conflict between ancient Egypt and Ethiopia can be a lot of things: war spectacle, costume pageant, political drama. In the hands [...]