Washington National Opera, in a new co-production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, will present Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Kennedy Center Opera House, September 9-23.The sets and costumes for the production were inspired by visionary artist RETNA.
The production, directed by Francesca Zambello, will mark the first time Aida has been staged in The Kennedy Center in 25 years.The epic tale of a young Ethiopian princess enslaved by the Egyptians, expresses “the timeless conflict of duty versus desire rising like a pyramid.”
In addition to “vibrant hieroglyphics and calligraphy,” the production will feature “spirited dance and the breathtaking acrobatics of parkour.”
The production will be sung in Italian with Projected English Titles.
Verdi’s Aida will be simulcast live at Nationals Park in a presentation titled Opera in the Outfield - on Saturday, September 23.Opera in the Outfield will include pre-opera activities.
The George Mason University’s School of Theater will present The Gondoliers, the classic comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, in the Center for the Arts on October 26, 27, 28 & 29. The musical theater piece is the story of young Venetian gondoliers who are informed – because of mistaken identity -that one of them is the heir to a throne.
“The tribulations of governing and romance are lampooned in this delightful musical theater piece by the masters of comic opera.”
Image below: Artwork for The Gondoliers - Courtesy of David and Ann Stone
Opera Performances are aired at 1 p.m. - unless otherwise specified - on Saturdays on Classical WETA Opera House at 90.9 FM. The operas in July are from the Lyric Opera of Chicago via the WFMT Radio Network. Performances are scheduled on:
VivaLaVoce offers choral music, opera and art song at www.vivalavoce.organd via the HD2 signal of Classical WETA 90.9 FM. The programs are hosted by Classical WETA announcers David Ginder, Marilyn Cooley, Nicole Lacroix and Deb Lamberton. Among its special features, the programming includes Opera at 8, a full-length opera broadcast daily at 8 p.m. There is also special theme-month programming and a Vocal CD Pick of the Week drawn from recent classical vocal releases.
Image below: VivaLaVoce hosts David Ginder, Marilyn Cooley, Deb Lamberton, and Nicole Lacroix.