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Fringe Encore Series Review: ‘Opera Mouse’ at SoHo Playhouse in NYC

An engaging storyteller, a gifted soprano, and a natural with children, Melanie Gall brings her warmth, talent, and stage presence to the Fringe Encore Series in Opera Mouse, a delightful solo show that she wrote and performs. Directed with vitality and enthusiasm by Erik deWaal, Gall employs adorable hand puppets, classic arias, and audience participation […]

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Review: ‘Kabarett & Cabaret’ at The In Series

Like Liza Minnelli’s in Cabaret, the unforgettable image of Marlene Dietrich hovers over Kabarett & Cabaret, a production of the 2015-16 In Series at the Source Theatre. Kabarett & Cabaret: An Evening of Songs by the Jewish Emigres in Hollywood’s 1940s celebrates the lives of such varied artists as Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, and Erich Wolfgang […]

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Review: ‘Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical’ at Olney Theatre Center

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical, in its world premiere at The Olney Theatre Center, is worthy of an endless stream of accolades including ‘dazzling,’ ‘amazing,’ ‘stupendous,’ ’emotional’, and ‘phenomenal.’ The creative minds, technical support, and actors come together to put on a Broadway-ready musical. Based on Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, writers Moisés Kaufman and Eduardo Machado brought […]

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Review: ‘Bizet’s Carmen in Havana’ at The In Series

The In Series wows again with one of their trademark reimaginings: Carmen in Havana, which takes the essential scenes from Bizet’s classic and adds the Latin rhythms of the Caribbean with iconic Cuban songs like “Siboney” and “Orgullecida.” The arias are also mixed with ballet as company members and trainees from The Washington Ballet complete […]

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Presented by Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore

Composers wrote great ballet and opera music for two reasons. The first was to help dancers and singers to portray characters and tell their stories. The second was to have the music led in the 21st century by arguably America’s leading conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Okay, granted. Igor Stravinsky didn’t know about Maestro Nézet-Séguin when he wrote […]

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Violinist Ji Young Lim at the Phillips Collection

Somebody must have rung a bell and instructed judges at all international music competitions to start awarding prizes to young classical musicians who already demonstrate daring and panache, even at the expense of perfect accuracy and tone. It’s a welcome development if the thought is that absolute noteworthiness can be achieved later but musical personality […]

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‘Carmen’ at Washington National Opera (Cast #2-9/20/15)

Washington National Opera  opens its 60th season with Georges Bizet’s iconic verismo opera, Carmen, directed by E. Loren Meeker. Arguably the most popular work in the operatic repertoire, Carmen is a wise choice to start the season with. With its timeless tale of passion gone wrong and a memorable score full of the classical equivalent of ear worms, […]

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‘Carmen’ at Washington National Opera (Cast 1-9/19/15)

The Washington National Opera launches their 60th season with a visually gorgeous and vocally stunning Carmen. Clémentine Margaine takes on the role of the gypsy seductress – a role that every mezzo soprano loves, but few want to take on because of the vocal and emotional gamut she must run. In the coming year or so, […]

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The National Philharmonic’s 10th Anniversary Concert at The Music Center at Strathmore

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 may be based on the poem “Ode to Joy,” but that doesn’t mean the epic symphony holds a monopoly on joyous music. If anything, the pieces accompanying Beethoven’s Ninth at the National Philharmonic’s 10th Anniversary Concert at The Music Center at Strathmore last Sunday afternoon were the ones that sent the celebratory […]

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Standout CDs of Three Rising Classical Artists: Einav Yarden, Yevgeny Kutik, and Danielle Talamantes

Debut recordings by emerging classical performers face enormous challenges. There’s the issue of finding unique material or a unique voice after so much music has been recorded so many times. And just to get these projects done, there’s a huge financing and marketing challenge in the rapidly changing music industry. Three of the artists I’ve […]

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DC Area Soprano Danielle Talamantes On Her CD Signing on Sunday in Vienna, VA, the Met, Concert Music, and the Opera Singer’s Life

Rising local soprano Danielle Talamantes talks about the Met, concert music, and the opera singer’s life Politicians and lobbyists running to catch the Acela at Union Station in D.C. or Penn Station in New York have nothing on Danielle Talamantes. On Saturday, November 1st she was so much in demand that making both of her […]

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‘Sweeney Todd’ at Virginia Opera Company

Fog was already filling the vast Concert Hall at the George Mason University Center for the Arts when I settled in to watch the first show of Virginia Opera Company’s 2015 season, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. There is no better way to kick off Virginia Opera Company’s 40th anniversary than with the […]

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‘Venus and Adonis (U-Venas No Adonisi)’ by the Isango Ensemble’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Playing in repertory with Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo at Shakespeare Theatre Company is the season opener of their STC: Presentation Series – the passionate and innovative William Shakespeare adaptation Venus and Adonis (U-Venas No Adonisi.) Only two performances remain for a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness Shakespeare’s epic poem being […]

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Meet The Guest Soloists of YAA & MCYO’s ‘Madama Butterly & Miss Saigon’ on 3/10@4 at Strathmore by Rolando Sanz

Meet the performers and guest soloists of Young Artists of America and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras’ production of Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon which will be performed at The Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, March 10th at 4 PM. Today, meet our guest soloists. The production will feature over 130 performers in various roles The […]

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