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Candide

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Give ’em Hellman
22 May 18 / parterre box
Washington National Opera's Candide sees the glass as half-full
22 May 18 / Washington City Paper
Undiminished optimism from Voltaire and Bernstein
17 May 18 / Seen and Heard
Whether or not Candide is your taste, it is a fine show
8 May 18 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Glorious with a bit more bite
8 May 18 / DC Theatre Scene
The show is well beloved and accessible
7 May 18 / Broadway World
Opera’s quest for optimism: WNO takes on ‘Candide’
7 May 18 / Washington Post
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A frenetically captivating musical dreamscape of schemers, clowns, and romantic lovers
6 May 18 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Moldavian baritone, Andrey Zhilikhovsky, has made a take-notice WNO debut
5 May 18 / DC Theatre Scene
WNO’s delightfully witty adaptation of Rossini’s time-honored classic left a smile on the face of every listener
2 May 18 / MD Theatre Guide
Washington National Opera opens zany “Barber of Seville”
30 Apr 18 / Classical Review
Washington National Opera's latest staging of "The Barber of Seville" is, in a word, fantastic
30 Apr 18 / Broadway World
Don Carlo

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington
3 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
Family values
27 Mar 18 / parterre box
World class Verdi singing
24 Mar 18 / Opera Warhorses
If you come to "Don Carlo" just to listen to the singing, you won't be disappointed
16 Mar 18 / Metro Weekly
An impressive production of Verdi's questionable classic
10 Mar 18 / Washington City Paper
A production of Don Carlo full of the sorrows that signify the human condition
7 Mar 18 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Great voices and a brilliant, fatalist production make Verdi masterwork more relevant than ever
7 Mar 18 / OperaWire
Pared down and dumbed down, ‘Don Carlo’ still dazzles at the Kennedy Center
5 Mar 18 / Washington Post
Strong singing and conducting make for a gripping “Don Carlo” at Washington National Opera
5 Mar 18 / Classical Review
A convincing musical success, if a bit visually underwhelming
5 Mar 18 / MD Theatre Guide
Russell Thomas
Tenor Russell Thomas is breaking down operatic barriers with confidence.
Three 20-minute operas

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Opera has a promising future, judging by this past weekend’s plethora of riches
25 Jan 18 / DC Theatre Scene
Composers and librettists were the stars at The Kennedy Center's triple world premiere
24 Jan 18 / Broadway World
WNO’s new operas offer mixed takes on the American experience
23 Jan 18 / Classical Review
Proving Up

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Little house on the scary
23 Jan 18 / parterre box
The American Dream as American nightmare: An opera for our time
22 Jan 18 / Washington Post
Missy Mazzoli deconstructs the American Dream in bracing WNO premiere
21 Jan 18 / Classical Review
The Little Prince

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Is WNO’s The Little Prince too sophisticated for children?
19 Dec 17 / DC Theatre Scene
The principal cast dives into their roles with enthusiasm and flair
17 Dec 17 / MD Theatre Guide
Superb cast makes WNO’s “Little Prince” a spirited and touching holiday treat
16 Dec 17 / Classical Review
Alcina

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Angela Meade plays the title roll beautifully
11 Nov 17 / Broadway World
Angela Meade sings the title role with the complete professionalism and vocal control
7 Nov 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Girl power
7 Nov 17 / parterre box
WNO’s Alcina casts its spell at The Kennedy Center
7 Nov 17 / DC Theatre Scene
Strong women take the lead in Washington National Opera’s ‘Alcina’
6 Nov 17 / Washington Post
Washington National Opera goes for Baroque with a radiant “Alcina”
6 Nov 17 / Classical Review
Aida

Washington National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

A vocally splendid but confused Aida
20 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
…inspired moments…beautiful choreography…
15 Sep 17 / MD Theatre Guide
Aida's confusing staging is offset by powerful sopranos and grand production
15 Sep 17 / Metro Weekly
Graffiti meets Nefertiti
13 Sep 17 / Bachtrack
Verdi’s soaring yet sensitive music pervades this production
13 Sep 17 / DC Metro Theater Arts
An ‘Aida’ that aspires to give street cred to grandiosity
12 Sep 17 / Washington Post
Second cast delivers the Verdian goods in WNO “Aida”
12 Sep 17 / Classical Review
Celeste graffiti
12 Sep 17 / parterre box
Stunning grand opera
12 Sep 17 / DC Theatre Scene
Aida is a visual and auditory sensation at the Kennedy Center
12 Sep 17 / Broadway World
Fine singing vies with baffling production in WNO’s militaristic “Aida”
11 Sep 17 / Classical Review
A street artist tries opera
This legendary street artist, Retna, has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.
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
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
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
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
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
Upstairs Downstairs comedy: Figaro opens Washington's season
27 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
WNO’s winning ‘Marriage of Figaro’ triumphs over adversity
25 Sep 16 / Communities Digital News
Light and accessible
24 Sep 16 / MD Theatre Guide
A nice, ordinary wedding when we’d like some drama
24 Sep 16 / Washington Post
Peter Kazaras has brought new life to one of Mozart’s most frequently performed operas
24 Sep 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
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
Siegfried/Götterdämmerung: Musically brilliant, but overstuffed and conceptually muddled
14 May 16 / Washington City Paper
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
Full cycle: The Ring reverberates
13 May 16 / The Georgetowner
Götterdämmerung: Great music, strange finale
11 May 16 / Communities Digital News
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: Although much improved, this staging of the Ring still falls short of greatness
10 May 16 / Ionarts
Götterdämmerung: ‘Twilight of the Gods’ confirms the triumph of WNO’s ‘Ring’
9 May 16 / Washington Post
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: Catherine Foster returns to WNO’s ‘American Ring’
7 May 16 / Communities Digital News
Siegfried: After ‘Ring’ rehearsal injury, a soprano finally gets her U.S. debut
6 May 16 / Washington Post
Siegfried: Holding a mirror up to nature
6 May 16 / Bachtrack
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.
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Washington National Opera announces 2018/19 season
The 2018-2019 season continues its focus on bold productions of classic operas, fascinating contemporary perspectives, and the best in American artistry.
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Opera Theatre of St. Louis general director Timothy O’Leary has accepted the position of general director at Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C.
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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

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