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Review: ‘DAS BARBECÜ’ at Spotlighters Theatre

DAS BARBECÜ, as directed by Greg Bell, and with Book and Lyrics by Jim Luigs, was a rousing and at times, funny-bone-breaking re-telling of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, reimagined as a Texas fable with merely five actors portraying over 30 characters. Scott Warrender wrote the music for this Country and Western, musical comedy (which premiered at […]

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The National Philharmonic’s ‘Rienzi, A Concert Opera’ at Strathmore

Artistic risk-taking in Washington extends across many genres to numerous performing groups. The region’s vocal music scene certainly got a flavor of that on Saturday night in a one-time concert presentation of a rarely performed opera by Richard Wagner. The results of the National Philharmonic’s presentation of Wagner’s early and troublesome opera Rienzi may have […]

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A Q&A with Mezzo-Soprano Magdalena Wór on Her Training in Washington and Return This Weekend to Strathmore

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór pretty much creates an unforgettable impression everywhere she performs. Her strikingly rich voice – it’s been called “plush,” “chocolatey” and other adjectives redolent of red-wine reviews – stands out from the crowd of rising opera singers. And she doesn’t need a full opera staging to demonstrate stage presence. Even after straight concerts, […]

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An Interview with Washington National Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’s’ Alwyn Mellor by Leslie Weisman

British soprano is making her debut with the Washington National Opera in the role of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, sharing the role with Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin. Leslie: You’ve recently taken on, to great acclaim, two of Wagner’s meatiest roles for soprano: Isolde und Brünnhilde, both women of unyielding strength and passion whose love […]

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Interview with Ian Storey of ‘Tristan and Isolde’ at Washington National Opera by Leslie Weisman

British tenor Ian Storey plays Tristan in Washington National Opera’s Tristan and Isolde Leslie: You’ve performed the role of Tristan in opera houses from Berlin to Glyndebourne, under the baton of gifted conductors from Daniel Barenboim to, here in DC, Philippe Auguin, and directors from Patrice Chéreau to Neil Armfield here. Have there been any salient […]

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Deborah Voigt in 'Götterdämmerung.' Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

SILVERDOCS: ‘Wagner’s Dream’ by Bari Biern

Wagner’s Dream (USA) 112 minutes Richard Wagner spent 25 years composing the Ring Cycle, a 16-hour magnum opus, largely based on Norse and German myths. The Ring is comprised of four operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung). Even by grand opera standards, the Ring has always been a beast to produce, requiring outsized commitments of […]

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