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Madama Butterfly

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Une Butterfly haute en couleur
22 May 17 / ConcertoNet (French)
Une Butterfly haute en couleur
19 May 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Madama Butterfly an aesthetic treat at Washington National Opera
10 May 17 / Bachtrack
A bright and moving ‘Butterfly’ comes to WNO
8 May 17 / Washington Post
Ariodante

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Joyce DiDonato’s star turn in ‘Ariodante’ is as good as everyone hoped it would be
6 May 17 / Washington Post
Champion

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Terence Blanchard's jazz opera Champion comes out swinging and delivers some powerful punches
10 Mar 17 / Metro Weekly
Go see “Champion,” embrace the modernity of the opera…
9 Mar 17 / MD Theatre Guide
At Washington National Opera: Griffith vs. Paret
7 Mar 17 / The Georgetowner
Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard's Champion in Washington DC
7 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
What Cristofer’s Champion leaves out from Emile Griffith’s deadly seven seconds in the ring
7 Mar 17 / DC Theatre Scene
In pursuit of a more diverse night at the opera
7 Mar 17 / NPR
Washington National Opera's Champion isn't a total knockout, but it's a worthy endeavor
7 Mar 17 / Washington City Paper
WNO’s musically lightweight “Champion,” more theater than opera
6 Mar 17 / Classical Review
Dead Man Walking

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Dead Man Walking in Washington DC an unforgettable emotional experience
7 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
WNO’s extraordinary ‘Dead Man Walking’ is a must-see
3 Mar 17 / Communities Digital News
Washington National Opera's Dead Man Walking is the best case for middlebrow opera
1 Mar 17 / Washington City Paper
Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey brings a sharp emotionalism and faith into her singing
28 Feb 17 / The Georgetowner
All of the elements have come together in this splendid Washington National Opera production
28 Feb 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
A bold and haunting Dead Man Walking
28 Feb 17 / Broadway World
The Washington National Opera’s opening night of “Dead Man Walking” was a tremendous success
28 Feb 17 / MD Theatre Guide
A journey of harrowing truth and compelling beauty
28 Feb 17 / DC Theatre Scene
‘Dead Man Walking’ is a new opera for old audiences
27 Feb 17 / Washington Post
Three 20-minute operas

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 2

WNO’s three new and intriguing 20-minute operas for 2017
23 Jan 17 / Communities Digital News
Opera as lively art — or not-so-lively
16 Jan 17 / Washington Post
The Dictator's Wife

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A chance wasted
17 Jan 17 / DC Theatre Scene
Opera as lively art — or not-so-lively
16 Jan 17 / Washington Post
This unique and highly relevant opera is full of many different nuances, surprises, and dramatic twists and turns
15 Jan 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
With unfunny libretto and barren score, new Fairouz opera takes the fun out of tyranny
15 Jan 17 / Classical Review
Mohammed Fairouz' opera “The Dictator’s Wife” premieres this week
A new opera about a dictator may or may not be about Trump. It depends whom you ask.
La fille du régiment

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Oropesa, Brownlee, Burdette in rollicking Washington National Opera “Fille du Régiment”
3 Dec 16 / Opera Warhorses
WNO’s jolly good production of “Daughter of the Regiment”
18 Nov 16 / Communities Digital News
Lawrence Brownlee is simply outstanding
16 Nov 16 / MD Theatre Guide
Washington National Opera's sparkling Daughter of the Regiment
15 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
All the vocal performances impress, but none more so than Lisette Oropesa as Marie
15 Nov 16 / DC Theatre Scene
The appearance of the charismatic comedic duo Oropesa and Burdette enlivens the entire production
15 Nov 16 / Broadway World
This opera is played with consummate skill and finesse by the entire ensemble (opening night cast)
15 Nov 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Brownlee, Oropesa and Ginsburg in WNO's 'Regiment'
15 Nov 16 / The Georgetowner
The Supreme Court Justice survives Donizetti’s comic opera after a not very comic week
15 Nov 16 / Washington City Paper
Oropesa, Brownlee lead the charge in WNO’s delightful “Daughter of the Regiment”
15 Nov 16 / Classical Review
Chuchman was plucky, graceful and intensely lovable as Marie (second cast)
15 Nov 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opera debut brings relevance to WNO
14 Nov 16 / Washington Post
Standing ovation greets Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cameo
The supreme court justice and opera lover, 83, had her first speaking role in The Daughter of the Regiment at the Kennedy Center.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to make opera debut
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make her opera debut next month in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" for Washington National Opera.
Le nozze di Figaro

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Washington National Opera opens with Figaro
4 Oct 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Marriage of Figaro Offers a bouquet of musical delights
29 Sep 16 / Broadway World
Upstairs Downstairs comedy: Figaro opens Washington's season
27 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Another boring production of the overdone Mozart classic
27 Sep 16 / Washington City Paper
A big musical cake
27 Sep 16 / The Georgetowner
The singing was thoroughly delightful and in some instances stunning
27 Sep 16 / DC Theatre Scene
WNO’s winning ‘Marriage of Figaro’ triumphs over adversity
25 Sep 16 / Communities Digital News
Peter Kazaras has brought new life to one of Mozart’s most frequently performed operas
24 Sep 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Light and accessible
24 Sep 16 / MD Theatre Guide
A nice, ordinary wedding when we’d like some drama
24 Sep 16 / Washington Post
Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop shows that in opera, success is quite different from stardom.
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 36

The end of the world on the Potomac
14 Jul 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Full cycle: Musings on the “American Ring”
20 Jun 16 / Opera Today
Full cycle: A choice, not an ecosystem
27 May 16 / parterre box
Full cycle: A historic “Ring” at a historic moment: two critics’ thoughts
24 May 16 / Washington Post
Die Walküre: The three sopranos, “Ring” style - Nina Stemme arrives for Cycle 3
20 May 16 / Washington Post
Das Rheingold/Die Walküre: It's taken 10 years and millions of dollars, but Washington National Opera's Ring cycle is finally here
14 May 16 / Washington City Paper
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: Musically brilliant, but overstuffed and conceptually muddled
14 May 16 / Washington City Paper
Full cycle: The Ring reverberates
13 May 16 / The Georgetowner
Götterdämmerung: Great music, strange finale
11 May 16 / Communities Digital News
Götterdämmerung: Although much improved, this staging of the Ring still falls short of greatness
10 May 16 / Ionarts
Full cycle: Wagner’s ‘Ring’ grippingly Americanized in Washington, D.C.
10 May 16 / Dallas Morning News
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: Wrapping up WNO's Ring
10 May 16 / The Georgetowner
Götterdämmerung: Images and music built a unified whole
10 May 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Götterdämmerung: Stunning Twilight of the Gods at the Washington National Opera
10 May 16 / Broadway World
Götterdämmerung: Twilight of the Gods gives way to an American dawn
10 May 16 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: That ’70s show
10 May 16 / parterre box
Götterdämmerung: ‘Twilight of the Gods’ confirms the triumph of WNO’s ‘Ring’
9 May 16 / Washington Post
Siegfried: Catherine Foster returns to WNO’s ‘American Ring’
7 May 16 / Communities Digital News
Siegfried: When Act II came around, things fell into dramatic focus
7 May 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Siegfried: Daniel Brenna made a heroic company debut in the role
7 May 16 / Ionarts
Siegfried: Holding a mirror up to nature
6 May 16 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: After ‘Ring’ rehearsal injury, a soprano finally gets her U.S. debut
6 May 16 / Washington Post
Die Walküre: Wagnerian family values of love, life and death
5 May 16 / The Georgetowner
Die Walküre: Boy, does Zambello know her stuff with the physicality in this production!
5 May 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Die Walküre: Musically, this performance came together almost perfectly
5 May 16 / Ionarts
Das Rheingold: Burden of gilt
5 May 16 / parterre box
Die Walküre: Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde saves the day in ‘The Valkyrie’
5 May 16 / Communities Digital News
Das Rheingold: Washington National Opera's first complete Ring Cycle has finally arrived
5 May 16 / Ionarts
Die Walküre: Special guest heldenreizerin
5 May 16 / parterre box
Die Walküre: Two critics trade thoughts on Wagner’s ‘Ring’ in D.C.
4 May 16 / Washington Post
Die Walküre: Nature’s bonfire burns on
4 May 16 / Bachtrack
Das Rheingold: And so it begins — with ‘The Rhinegold’
3 May 16 / The Georgetowner
Das Rheingold: Zambello’s production of The Ring of the Nibelung is a big deal in all kinds of ways
3 May 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Das Rheingold: Manifest destiny and doom: Francesca Zambello’s All-American Ring
3 May 16 / Bachtrack
Das Rheingold: A vastly improved ‘Rhinegold’ debuts
3 May 16 / Communities Digital News
Das Rheingold: The ‘Ring’ gets off to a good start
2 May 16 / Washington Post
Washington Wagner fans eager for first-ever 'Ring' cycle
"The 'Ring,' for any company, is a huge Mount Everest of a work, the ultimate challenge for every individual involved," says Washington National Opera artistic director Francesca Zambello.
Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Kennedy Center lures swarms of Ringers
Hundreds of Ring lovers, or Ringers for short, begin their pilgrimages to Washington this week, bringing with them their love and knowledge of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the Kennedy Center.
Looking for your next binge-watching marathon?
Try 17 hours of opera. How Wagner’s “Ring” cycle is right in line with current touchstones of pop culture.
Want to see 'The Ring' in D.C.'s first-ever cycle?
The Washington National Opera hopes to capi­tal­ize on its first complete “Ring” cycle by asking patrons to pony up thousands for the best seats to Richard Wagner’s four-part epic.
Lost in the Stars

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A thoughtful revival of 'Lost in the Stars' from Washington National Opera
17 Feb 16 / Baltimore Sun
This is a mighty work of music-theatre work that should be seen in Washington
16 Feb 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Washington National Opera takes on a bit of Broadway with Lost in the Stars
16 Feb 16 / Broadway World
South Africa as social metaphor
16 Feb 16 / Communities Digital News
Don’t cry for me, South Africa
16 Feb 16 / Washington City Paper
Broadway meets Opera in Washington's Lost in the Stars
15 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
‘Lost in the Stars’ falls short as compelling musical drama
15 Feb 16 / Washington Post
Lost in the Stars is a spiritual and musical revelation!
15 Feb 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
“Lost in the Stars”
Musical’s title song has staying power.
Better Gods

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

New opera explores Hawaiian history
13 Jan 16 / Communities Digital News
Throne away
13 Jan 16 / parterre box
Better Gods soars at the Kennedy Center
12 Jan 16 / Broadway World
Better Gods, new opera reveals Hawaii’s last queen, from WNO
12 Jan 16 / DC Theatre Scene
Deposed queen leads valiant but flawed ‘Better Gods’ at WNO
11 Jan 16 / Washington Post
Hansel und Gretel

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 4

‘Hansel and Gretel’ is catnip for kids
15 Dec 15 / The Georgetowner
Hansel and Gretel wander into Kennedy Center
15 Dec 15 / Broadway World
WNO fires up ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ in a polished but uninviting performance
14 Dec 15 / Washington Post
Hansel and Gretel is as tempting to the eye and the ear as the Witch’s gingerbread house itself
14 Dec 15 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Appomattox

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

“Appomattox,” redux
23 Nov 15 / Washington Post
‘Appomattox’ revised: Two one-act operas squashed into one
21 Nov 15 / Communities Digital News
The war we’re still fighting
18 Nov 15 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
WNO's Appomattox struggles to capture the civil rights movement
18 Nov 15 / Broadway World
That it’s actually enjoyable on its own terms is almost a miracle.
18 Nov 15 / Washington City Paper
Operatic righteous anger or self-indulgence? Philip Glass' Appomattox Take 2
17 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
A frustratingly uneven work that presents well-known historical facts on a conveyor belt of forgettable music
17 Nov 15 / Daily Star Albany
Glass warfare
17 Nov 15 / parterre box
Bold, sweeping, dreamlike, socially relevant, and ultimately deeply spiritual
17 Nov 15 / DC Theatre Scene
Magic time!
16 Nov 15 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Glass’s revised “Appomattox” proves even more unwieldy at Washington National Opera
16 Nov 15 / Classical Review
‘Appomattox’ at the Kennedy Center
16 Nov 15 / New York Times
A superb night at the opera
16 Nov 15 / Washington Post
Philip Glass's revised opera considers race in America
16 Nov 15 / The Guardian
The faces of ‘Appomattox’
From the Civil War to civil rights, the Washington National Opera’s new work by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton puts American history on the Kennedy Center stage.
Seeing voting rights under siege, Philip Glass rewrites an opera
When Mr. Glass and Christopher Hampton wrote “Appomattox,” it was mostly about the Civil War. Now the second act grapples with more recent history.
Carmen

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

La osadía del amor libre se paga con la muerte
16 Oct 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’ is halfway through run
28 Sep 15 / Washington Post
Dance and Song are wed in Washington's Carmen
23 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
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News & Articles

Washington National Opera parts ways with its music director
Washington National Opera has announced that the contract of its music director, Philippe Auguin, will not be renewed beyond the 2017-2018 season. He will become music director emeritus.
22 Jun 2017 / Washington Post
Michael L. Mael stepping down at Washington National Opera
Michael L. Mael, Executive Director of Washington National Opera (WNO) since 2011, has announced he will step down from the leadership position effective July 1, 2017.
3 May 2017 / Broadway World
Washington National Opera announces new season
“Alcina,” “Don Carlo” and “Candide” on tap at WNO in Kennedy Center’s 2017-18 season.
25 Jan 2017 / Classical Review
Standing ovation greets Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cameo
The supreme court justice and opera lover, 83, had her first speaking role in The Daughter of the Regiment at the Kennedy Center.
14 Nov 2016 / The Guardian
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to make opera debut
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make her opera debut next month in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" for Washington National Opera.
22 Oct 2016 / Reuters