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2014, Mar 27Love Is the DrugIt may get off to a slow start, but most will likely find Elixir worth the wait
2014, Feb 27Whale SongSpectacular projections, a score that swells, and a familiar tale make Moby Dick a highly theatrical and watchable opera
2013, Oct 17One Way or AnotherA mix of standouts and shortcomings, WNO's Destiny pulls accessible entertainment from difficult material
2013, May 09Showy BoatThere's plenty to enjoy in the way the WNO's ''Show Boat'' treads the waters between opera and musicals
2013, Mar 14Who's That Girl?WNO presents soprano-watcher's Norma, and a fine evening for anyone who likes their betrayals bel canto beautiful
2013, Mar 07Heart of BlingWhen sung by a soprano of Racette's caliber, Manon a story not to be missed
2012, Sep 27CocksureFor those with patience, ''Don Giovanni'' is a chance to see how opera can make good theater as well as good listening
2012, Sep 20Queen for a DayDonizetti's ''Anna Bolena'' delivers urgency, despair and beauty to the downfall of one of Henry VIII's most ill-fated wives
2012, May 17Beautiful DreamersAs an opera of the heart, WNO's ''Werther'' delivers the passion, however overblown
2012, May 04Biblical ProportionsHowever you come to it, WNO's biblical and period-political Nabucco is a potent operatic experience
2012, Mar 01Review: Cosi fan tutteWhile purists may sniff at WNO's modern staging of Cosi fan tutte, it's still a good whacking dose of fun, mildly irreverent Mozart
2011, Nov 17Victorian NightmareDavid Alden risks alienating those who prefer their operas romantic and bloodless, but delivers something worth the price
2011, Sep 15Triumphant ToscaWNO's 'Tosca' is everything a traditional production should be. In fact, it's everything any thoughtfully produced opera should be
2011, May 12The Glory and the GloomWashington National Opera bids farewell to its leader Placido Domingo with a somber and beautiful Iphigénie
2011, Apr 21Big Bad BassMatt Boehler performs in Wolf Trap's latest opera commission, the political comedy 'The Inspector'
2011, Mar 03Iron ButterflyThe Washington National Opera's 'Madama Butterfly' is the production that tells us the WNO is still a major contender
2010, Sep 18Sound, but No VisionDespite some satisfactory performances, Un Ballo's stark design elements hinder rather than enhance
2010, May 27Ophelia OutingAs long as allergy season doesn't sideline Futral further, WNO's Hamlet is worth your while
2010, Apr 29Marital BlissWNO's Figaro is sheer magic. It's like seeing the opera for the first time -- fresh, funny and sparkling with wit
2009, Sep 17Looney TunesEven if you first heard it from Bugs, Rossini's The Barber of Seville shows there's plenty of spirited fun to be had in opera
2009, May 07Deliciously DireThere's much to savor about WNO's impressively well-crafted, imaginative and accessible 'Siegfried'
2009, Mar 26Sea-WorthyWNO offers unsurpassed excellence with the brooding 'Peter Grimes'
2008, Nov 06Lady KillerThough sung beautifully by soprano Renee Fleming, WNO's production of 'Lucrezia Borgia' fails to fully satisfy
2008, Sep 25Passion PlayWildly colorful, full of dance and bare midriffs, Bizet's beautifully melodic opera is gasp-worthy and swoon-worthy
2008, Sep 18Stage PresenceMarta Domingo's solid staging of Verdi's no-holds-barred, dramatic tear-jerker needs no gimmickry to pack its punch
2008, May 15ElektrafyingHelmed by a strong cast, Richard Strauss' 99-year-old opera, 'Elektra,' is an ode to the murderous slice and dice
2008, May 08High NotePlacido Domingo is joined by countertenor David Daniels in a sterling production of a rarely-performed work by Handel
2008, Apr 10Classic VerdiThe Washington National Opera's 'Rigoletto' has everything in place to deliver fuel-injected poignancy but for one subtle element
2008, Mar 20The DamnedAlthough wonderfully sung by the core ensemble, Washington Opera's 'The Flying Dutchman' feels a little under-rehearsed
2007, Nov 08Men Behaving BadlyThe WNO presents two stories of men controlled to the point of ruin by their passions, and both are stellar
2007, Nov 01Sex Drive'Don Giovanni' at Washington National Opera
2007, Sep 20Heartbreak HotelThere's something fresh in Mariusz Trelinski's rebellious view of a Puccini classic usually handled with kid gloves
2007, May 17The Long HaulVerdi's 'Macbeth' may taste the patience of an opera 'naïf,' but for connoisseurs it offers a delectable feast
2007, May 10Czech Mate'Jenufa,' a 19th century Czech opera is as riveting and edgy as anything you're likely to catch on HBO
2007, Apr 05Stumbling 'Regiment'JiYoung Lee shows her impressive talent but fails to make a star-breakthrough in 'La Fille Du Regiment'
2007, Mar 29Taking Flight'Die Walkure' offers some of the finest singing, acting and mythic story-telling you are likely to see in any genre
2006, Nov 09Taking FlightInnovative staging, stellar singing and compelling performances make a new 'Butterfly' a tour de force
2006, Sep 28Life ChoiceA brave but uneven 'Sophie's Choice' brings home the horror of the Holocaust to the Washington National Opera
2006, Sep 21The Tiers Have EyesWilliam Friedkin's 'Bluebeard' is a hideously wonderful affair that brings much-needed innovation to the opera
2006, May 18Italian DelightThe rich, fizzy, beautifully sung confection 'L'Italiana in Algeri' makes for a delightful farewell to WNO's season
2006, May 11Titus on the PotomacTenor Michael Schade carries an excellent production out of the historical shadows and into your heart.
2006, Apr 06The Perfect TonicA luxurious performance of 'L'Eisir d'Amore' commands the stage with excellent voices and strong performances
2006, Mar 30Brass RingStellar singing from a talented cast can't overcome the weaknesses of this Americanized, neo-patriotic Rheingold
2005, Nov 03PowerhouseThe Washington National Opera's 'Porgy and Bess' is a dazzling, enchanting, altogether moving night at the opera
2005, Sep 29Three's a CrowdWashington Opera celebrates itself and Domingo with a 'Trilogy' that shines in two out of three tries
2005, Sep 22Vocal ProwessWNO's season opener may not bring down the house, but it's a chance to start the season with some great voices
2005, May 26Lost in the Crowd'Samson et Dalila' flies high on the efforts of its stars, but stumbles in comparison to more recent offerings
2005, May 12Tosca Tops the Charts'Tosca' is a beautifully simple rendition of a classic, boasting a stunning star in tenor Salvatore Licitra
2005, Apr 14Lacking MagicBefore seeing Mozart's classic, have a good strong espresso and don't just lower your expectations, step on them.
2005, Mar 31Operatic WonderNo one should miss this chance to see Mirella Freni in the brilliant and rewarding 'Maid of Orleans'
2005, Jan 27Opera QueenCelebrated director-designer John Pascoe helms 'Democracy' at Lisner.
2004, Nov 11Roots'Luisa Fernanda' is a fun, witty, heart-tugging story with delightful melodies sung by extraordinary voices
2004, Nov 04Troubled TrovatoreDeflated dramatic peaks and confusion mar this revival of Verdi's classic 'Il Trovatore' at Kennedy Center
2004, Sep 30Naval ManeuversWhashington National Opera's 'Billy Budd' turns up the homoerotic heat
2004, Sep 23Viva La Revolution!The Washington Opera launches season with a stunning. lavish production of 'Andrea Chenier'
2004, May 13Handsomely RevivedVerdi's ''La Traviata'' at Washington National Opera
2004, Apr 15Royal BallWashington Opera's ''La Cenerentola'' is witty rendering of Cinderella story
2004, Apr 01Mais Non, Manon!Puccini's ''Manon Lescaut'' at Kennedy Center
2003, Nov 13To Die ForWashington Opera's Die Walkure
2003, Oct 16Powerful PriestessNorma at the Washington Opera
2003, Apr 03Detraction FactorDon Giovanni
2002, Oct 31High Style'Vanessa' at Kennedy Center Opera House
2002, Sep 26Emotional Waters"Lucia Di Lammermoor"

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