Washington National Opera will present Opera in the Outfield® at Nationals Park on September 29.Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will be simulcast live on the scoreboard from The Kennedy Center. Family and friends can enjoy an evening of food, family-friendly fun, great opera and more.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Puccini's La Bohèmein concert on September 22 at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The timeless masterpiece will be semi-staged.
Opera Lafayette, conducted by Ryan Brown, will present the modern premiere of Niccolò Jommelli's Cerere Placata (1772) in a new edition prepared and conducted by Charles Brink, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on October 28. The opera is about the reconciliation of an estranged mother and daughter. Opera Lafayette is our nation's only American period instrument opera company which performs in D.C. & New York City.
Urban Arias will present The Last American Hammer, with music by Peter Hilliard & libretto by Matt Boresi, at Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC on September 22, 23, 28 & 29.It’s about a conspiracy-theorist who awaits a visit from the FBI. The production will star Elizabeth Futral, Timothy Mix, and Briana Elyse Hunter. UrbanArias is an eight-year-old opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas.Everything they produce is 90 minutes in length or shorter and was written within the last 40 years.
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present Jack and The Beanstalk, a children’s opera, at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 20/21 and 27/28.The one-act opera features songs based on the lively melodies composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan in his operettas with W.S. Gilbert. The opera will be fully staged and will feature four singers and puppets.
Virginia Opera will perform Street Scene in concert at George Mason University Center for the Arts on October 6 & 7. The opera is set in 1946 on the doorstep of a Manhattan tenement - within a single 24-hour period.
The opera has a Tony Award®-winning score by 20th century Broadway legend Kurt Weill and lyrics by the “Poet Laureate” of Harlem, Langston Hughes. The opera will be sung in English with English supertitles.
Principal Conductor Adam Turner has been named Virginia Opera’s new Artistic Director.Maestro Turner is one of America’s most acclaimed young conductors, having come to Virginia Opera in 2010 as Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For the last four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, he has helmed the company’s performances of varied repertory. He is a graduate of Morehead State University (Bachelor of Music in piano performance) and the Catholic University of America (Master of Music in conducting). He has worked as an assistant conductor with Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. In announcing the new appointment, Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell P. Allen, stated “Virginia Opera is excited about the work that Maestro Turner has done for the company. His artistic work is extraordinary and his involvement to date in shaping the artistic growth of the company has been significant. As Maestro Turner begins his 9th season with the company, the promotion to Artistic Director could not be more timely and important for the company.”
Image below: Maestro Adam Turner
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Washington National Opera will present bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, the 2018 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner, in concert in the Terrace Theater on October 4.
Washington National Opera will present a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata in the Opera House, October 6-21. The production will star Marlen Nahhas as Violetta Valéry and Joshua Blue as Alfredo Germont - except on October 19, when artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will star. The dramatic work, with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas.