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Classical Beat: September, 2012

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 04:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Met season opener: ‘L’Elisir,’ reviewed

Preliminary coverage of opening night at the Metropolitan Opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metropolitan Opera

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Of opera and Americana

Reviews of WNO’s "Don Giovanni” and two all-American concerts by local orchestras.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 09/18/2012

La Sonnambula: bel canto weekend

My review of “La Sonnambula” at the Washington Concert Opera gives rise to the question: what do you look for in a bel canto voice?

By Anne Midgette  |  02:27 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WCO

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Press releases we never finished reading

The crossover singer Nathan Pacheco’s handlers claim he could go toe-to-toe with the finest operatic singers. We put the claim to the test.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:15 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  crossover

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 03:01 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Cage festival: the end

Reviews of the final three concerts of the John Cage Centennial festival - plus a video of part of Wednesday’s concert.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:01 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Cage

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/11/2012

NSO in the neighborhood, again

The National Symphony Orchestra returns to the “neighborhood” with January concerts in the areas around U Street, Howard and Shaw.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/09/2012

Cage festival: more reviews

Catching up with Alexis Descharmes, Irvine Arditti, and others in a festival of John Cage that casts new light on the concept of endurance.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Cage

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Cage festival: first concert

After writing my review of the first concert in the John Cage festival, I had more thoughts about some of the performances.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:46 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Cage

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Cage @ 100

To some, he’s the most influential composer in recent memory; to others, he’s a charlatan. Washington prepares to celebrate John Cage’s centennial with eight days of events.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:29 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Cage


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