An Entertaining ‘Barber’ from WNO

May 1, 2018

Surprisingly, there are quite a few operas in the canon that are described by both critics and aficionados as operas for people who don’t like [or despise] opera — “Carmen,” “Madame Butterfly” and even Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” among …

WNO’s Princess Eboli: Jamie Barton

March 12, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been having quite a year, one that isn’t about to stop.

Currently, she’s wowing audiences as Princess Eboli in Washington National Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” which runs through March 17 at the Kennedy Center.…

2 Powerful Operas: ‘Maria di Rohan’ and ‘Don Carlo’

February 15, 2018

Washington is said to be a city of power. Prepare yourself for the power of opera at the highest level.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., Washington Concert Opera, which specializes in rarely performed works, will present the intensely …

Weekend Round Up January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018

This weekend, you can celebrate Leonard Bernstein, the Grateful Dead and Coretta Scott King, soprano. Speaking of sopranos, Washington National Opera will premiere three short operas. Also, the ’20s will roar again at the Woodrow Wilson House, the National Gallery’s

DC Artswatch Dec. 6, 2017

December 6, 2017

Compiled by Richard Selden

European Union Film Showcase
The European Union Film Showcase, now in its 30th year, continues through Dec. 20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. More than 40 films will be

A Chat With Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth DeShong

November 9, 2017

When you listen to the gifted mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong talk about opera, art, her life as a star in a changing, demanding art form, you think you’re hearing things you’ve heard before. But in truth she’s talking about things with …

A Modern ‘Aida’

September 14, 2017

History has it that at some point in time, on any given night or day, “Aida” — composer Giuseppe Verdi’s grand 19th-century opera and spectacle of star-crossed lovers in war-torn, ancient Egypt — is being performed somewhere, with …