Classical Beat: WNO


Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Rutter appointment sparks thoughts on classical music at the Kennedy Center

In naming Deborah Rutter, a classical music administrator, the Kennedy Center may be sending a signal.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kennedy Center, WNO, NSO

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013

WNO’s B team earns As in “Forza”

The second cast of “Force of Destiny” at the Washington National Opera was miles better than the first.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Monday roundup: of geniuses and Verdi operas

Reviews from a big weekend of classical music in DC: Denk, Chase, “Falstaff,” and “Forza.”

By Anne Midgette  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, WPAS, Virginia Opera, Atlas

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 09/07/2013

Voigt cancels WNO Isolde, with 1 week to go

One week before the opening, Deborah Voigt withdraws from WNO’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

By Anne Midgette  |  02:19 PM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Weekend reviews: Carpenter, Rousset, and more

Reviews of Christophe Rousset on harpsichord, Cameron Carpenter on organ, and other virtuosos.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:24 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Library of Congress, Maison Française, Strathmore, Marlow Guitar Series

Posted at 02:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013

April concerts: Wolff, Kolkay, and a great Great Noise.

Wolff leads the NSO; Kolkay dazzles on bassoon; Great Noise Ensemble is great, say Post critics.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Stephen Brookes, Dumbarton Concerts, Wolf Trap, WNO

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/11/2013

WNO’s ‘Norma’: Of men, women and sopranos

Further thoughts on WNO’s production and Bellini’s opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Kennedy Center focuses on American vocalism in 2013-14

Festivals of American song and choral music are interspersed with a lot of opera on the classical calendar.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kennedy Center, WNO, NSO

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Braun and Meade: a study in contrasting recitals

Reviews of the baritone Russell Braun and the soprano Angela Meade in very different performances at the Terrace Theater.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:34 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vocal Arts DC, WNO, Cecelia Porter

Posted at 01:29 AM ET, 09/30/2012

Reviews: Gunn in concert -- and to Philadelphia

The baritone Nathan Gunn gave a WNO recital — but the bigger news is he’s going to be an advisor in Philadelphia.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:29 AM ET, 09/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Bach Consort, Stephen Brookes, Robert Battey, Cecelia Porter

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Sondra shines, and more

An operatic weekend in Washington with Stephanie Blythe and two bel canto operas focuses on Sondra Radvanovsky’s “Anna Bolena” at WNO.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:41 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Vocal Arts, Robert Battey

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Zambello and WNO: the match is made

The Washington National Opera announces that Francesca Zambello will become artistic director in 2013.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Oman, o man: Scheppelmann to Muscat

The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman has announced a 2012-13 season that includes performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Farrell Ballet, Castleton — and WNO’s Christina Scheppelmann’s instatement as new head.

By Anne Midgette and Sarah Kaufman  |  09:32 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO, WNO

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Links: WNO’s “Werther,” the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other highlights.

In addition to the opening of Massenet’s “Werther,” the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit represented another highlight of this weekend’s classical concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Tom Huizenga, BSO, WNO

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Links: Nabucco and more

WNO offers its first-ever “Nabucco” in a production that delighted some and offended others. Here’s my review; what was your take?

By Anne Midgette  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Nabucco comes to WNO

Verdi’s earliest big success is popular fare in Europe, but less well-known in the US. It comes to WNO on Saturday night, and I say what I think about it here.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Cosi fa Miller

Jonathan Miller’s “Cosi fan tutte” opened at the Washington National Opera on Saturday night. Here, a sampling of reviews, including my own.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Charles Downey, WNO

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 02/19/2012

Link: The Miller’s Tale

The opera stage director, neurologist and polymath Jonathan Miller prides himself on bringing a naturalistic view of life to the opera stage; but his own artistic ideas have become slightly codified. I profile him in Sunday’s Washington Post; here, I ask what you think of the good doctor.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:48 AM ET, 02/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  WNO