Posts Tagged ‘Washington National Opera’

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?

Anaconda 5, the Opera: Florencia in the Amazon, Reviewed

Less Gabriel García Márquez, more Ice Cube and J.Lo.

The Kennedy Center’s Michael Kaiser Steps Down to Do Less Managing, More Management Advising

Kaiser could be tone deaf at times, with "let them eat cake" moments and one alleged "go fuck yourself."

Arts Roundup: WNO-Face Edition

Christoph Eschenbach, the conductor of the Washington National Orchestra, signs on for another two years. [Post]
D.C. booker and ex-Gwar member Jim Thompson remembers Dave Brockie. [Bandwidth]
Listen to the new, extra-vibey Thievery Corporation album, Saudade. [NPR]
Bank of America donates a collection of photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe—plus $1 million—to the Museum of African American History and Culture. [Post]
Baby Bry Bry talks [...]

Washington National Opera’s Elixir of Love at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Props to director Stephen Lawless for working a dick joke into his version of L’elisir d’amore. “His ego is large, I don’t know about the rest of him,” smirks Adina about her suitor Belcore, with a corresponding hand gesture that I guess was not in the original libretto (“È modesto il signorino!”: “The little gentleman [...]

You’ve Got Whale: Moby-Dick at the Washington National Opera, Reviewed

Opera fans don’t get many opportunities to see things that nearly no one in the audience has seen before. It’s a test of how a work of art stands up on its own, without any famous aria or overture as a point of comparison. Some opera nuts may have seen Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick in Dallas, [...]

Arts Roundup: Movie Theaters For Everyone! Edition

Landmark Theatres to open a six-screen movie theater near 9:30 Club. [Housing Complex]
Meanwhile, Ballston's Regal theater closed because of a burst pipe. [ARLnow]
Chris Brown and his bodyguard reject plea deal. [City Desk]
National Book Festival will be held indoors this year. [Arts Desk]
Washington National Opera announces another new commission. [Post]
Ex Hex announces 2014 tour dates. [Arts Desk]
The green-paint [...]

Arts Roundup: Sad Kid at the Zoo Edition

NPR publishes its own History of The Dismemberment Plan. [NPR]
A pretty nice interview with Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison [Spin]
Washington's nonfiction bestseller list sounds unusually religious. [Post]
Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette knows that sad kid at the zoo. [Post]
The Sartorialist is coming to Monroe Street Market. [Washingtonian]
Shutdown dramatically reduces number of politicos at the opera. [Post]
Photos from opening [...]

ToDo ToDay: Marisha Pessl, 1,000 Andys, Dan Savage, and Ira Glass

Marisha Pessl wasn’t meant to be an office worker. In fact, while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers after college, she started drafting her debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which earned popular and critical acclaim when it was released in 2006. Seven years later, she’s returned with an even darker pulp mystery, Night Film. Read more >>> Marisha Pessl reads [...]

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