Entries from The Dressing tagged with 'Washington National Opera'

The Magic Flute Speaks English

On May 3, 2014, Washington National Opera premiered a highly colorful interpretation of Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute. Co-produced by San Francisco Opera Association, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Opera Carolina, Kelley Rourke's translation of Die Zauberflöte, Emanuel Schikaneder's original libretto in German, sparkles with contemporary references and current day idioms without going overboard. What's particularly interesting is Rourke has recently done two English translations of Die Zauberflöte. The other produced by Boston Lyric Opera premiered in 2013 and reframes Schikaneder's story using a Mayan setting and a contemporary and dreamscape timeframe. The WNO production directed by...

WNO Premiers Opera by Jeanine Tesori

On December 14, 2013, Washington National Opera premiered The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me by composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist J. D. McClatchy, WNO's first opera by a woman composer. This 90-minute family opera, commissioned by WNO's Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, is based on The Lion, The Unicorn and Me: The Donkey's Christmas Story by British novelist Jeanette Winterson. Zambello, who directed the production, also chose the book. Set in two acts, the first half of the show introduces the Me of the title, a boy angel with a set of golden wings that he seems to have trouble adjusting....

Birthing New Opera in the Nation's Capital

Where can you experience new American opera? With any regularity, the only place has been New York and most significantly New York City Opera's VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab. But maybe occurrence of this kind of risky programming (the producers of opera fear no one will show up and fill their seats) is changing. On November 19, 2012, Washington National Opera launched its American Opera Initiative, a public workshop for encouraging new American opera in small bytes. The program--a concert-style world premier--featured three 20-minute operas: Part of the Act by Liam Wade and John Grimmett, Charon by Scott Perkins and...

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