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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: Elvis Costello’s opera, The Juliet Letters by Susan Galbraith

UrbanArias’ Artistic Director Robert Wood continues to push the envelope of what makes for contemporary opera. In Elvis Costello, the famous Brit pop singer/song writer, he has found a com…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: The Band’s Visit at The Kennedy Center by Susan Galbraith

The Band’s Visit shows why it’s a multiple Tony Award winner in its stop at The Kennedy Center. It’s a musical that grabs your heart with the most unlikely thing in the world of showbi…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Love in the Time of Climate Change by Susan Galbraith

Rozina Kanchwala nails it: we in the U.S. live in a world of too many choices, where a girl can just ask Google to serve up a song instantly to match her mood. It’s a time when everyone is…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review: La traviata at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

A “new” production of La traviata shared the buzz opening weekend at Glimmerglass Festival. Nonetheless, as a co-production with Washington National Opera (and a handful of other opera c…

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Review: Show Boat at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

Glimmerglass Festival opened its 45th season with a sensational Show Boat. The musical, based on Edna Ferber’s novel about a floating theater on the Mississippi, could have been delivered …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: The Tale of Serse. Handel’s rarely seen opera gets a stunning production from In Series by Susan Galbraith

Timothy Nelson has ended his first season as Artistic Director of In Series with a stunning and musically gorgeous production of The Tale of Serse. Like George Frideric Handel, the composer …

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Spoleto Festival USA 2019: Path of Miracles by The Westminster Choir by Susan Galbraith

There are rare but important artistic experiences that serve as spiritual pilgrimages. This year, in a kind of riches of Grace, we have shared in two at Spoleto Festival. Compagnie Hervé Ko…

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Spoleto Festival 2019: Inspiring opening ceremony followed by a shocking Salomé by Susan Galbraith

A sun-drenched morning greeted townsfolk and cultural tourists alike for the 43rd no-weather-spoiler day at this year’s Spoleto Festival Opening. People gathered in the street outside City…

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Spoleto Festival 2019: Globe Theatre’s Comedy of Errors and Pericles by Susan Galbraith

While Spoleto Festival is perhaps best known for its cutting-edge premieres of opera, dance, and theater, it grants special dispensation periodically to productions by English language’s f…

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Spoleto Festival 2019: Chamber Music and Compagnie Hervé Koubi, dance by Susan Galbraith

How often we, in our silos, get stuck in our own work and schedules. Even more, artists miss opportunities to be fed and inspired by the interplay of other arts forms. If released, dancers s…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Washington National Opera’s glittery Gala 2019. Opera stars share stage with WNO patron John Pohanka by Susan Galbraith

What makes someone a devoted opera fan? Is it the “gilterati?”  If so, there was much in abundance Saturday night when the Washington National Opera hosted its Gala in the Opera House. …

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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Gathering: Reflections on the disruptive and profoundly moving CrossCurrents experience by Susan Galbraith

There’s exceptional and important theater in Washington that too often gets overlooked. It doesn’t come nicely packaged in season subscriptions or heralding stars from that other theater…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: Spunk, Zora Neale Hurston’s stories at Signature Theatre by Susan Galbraith

There’s something wonderful when two paintings by different creators “hang” side by side and seemingly begin a conversation. It feels that something rich and more than serendipity has …

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: Tosca. Washington National Opera’s rallying cry “In love or war, what do you stand for?” by Susan Galbraith

Never doubt the sheer power or the relevancy of a great work of opera. All you need for the first are extraordinary musicianship by a conductor, superb singers, and a stage director who can …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Washington area opera scene, our 2019-2020 season guide by Susan Galbraith

Brush up – your opera.  There will be no better time to turn off, dial down, and otherwise forego small devices and experience the “think big” of live opera than in the 2019-2020 oper…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: La Paloma at the Wall, a new zarzuela from In Series by Susan Galbraith

How could one not run to a show that, in this day, puts together a story that purposes to go to the heart of a topic that raises both volatile antipathy and gut wrenching emotions of compass…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: For Washington National Opera, Faust is in the house by Susan Galbraith

Only one week ago, Washington National Opera gave us a cool, minimalist modern take on a romantic opera (Eugene Onegin); this week the company took us back to an old world, even hedonistic a…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Opera review: Eugene Onegin features a Tatiana for our times by Susan Galbraith

The wait of thirty years came to an end Saturday night when Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin returned to Washington in a spare yet stunningly beautiful production. The minimalist ‘box…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Review: Oil, a sprawling and ambitious drama, makes its American debut at Olney by Susan Galbraith

British playwright Ella Hickson gets an American premiere of her sprawlingly ambitious and provocative play at Olney Theatre Center. Oil is a play written up as a “nexus of oil, economics,…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: WORLD STAGES’ NeoArtic – disturbing, challenging and strangely beautiful by Susan Galbraith

Temperatures dropped sharply inside the Kennedy Center last night; they rose again exponentially. There were other, sometime violent, meteorological disturbances. In short, in the space of 8…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: Shame 2.0 with Comments from the Populace. Truth on stage by Susan Galbraith

Billed as a workshop production to which the press was invited, Mosaic Theater Company’s Shame 2.0 with Comments from the Populace opened Thursday night with all hands on deck in solidarit…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at The Kennedy Center by Susan Galbraith

A lone figure stood in the spotlight at the start of what I’ve come to think of as Washington’s most sparkling gala event. In the Opera House space which could have easily swallowed her …

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Washington National Opera announces six full productions for season 2019-2020 by Susan Galbraith

Good news to opera lovers, opera is very much alive and growing in its John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (KC) home on the Potomac. While many big and small opera companies in Ne…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Three Sistahs review at MetroStage by Susan Galbraith

Sunday night’s opening at MetroStage was a fanfare affair. Not only did the press come out in full force (not always easy to get in the crowded local theater market,) being in the audi…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Washington National Opera looks to the future with 3 short operas in development by Susan Galbraith

Snow could not deter the faithful from The John F. Kennedy Center last weekend where we saw an extraordinary commitment of artists and audience members gather as part of this year’s Am…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Taking Up Serpents review. Haunting new opera about Pentecostal snake handlers by Susan Galbraith

Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, now in its seventh season, annually holds a mini-festival and commissions a composer-librettist team to create an hour-long opera and…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

As the Vietnam War defined a generation, does Miss Saigon reveal ours? by Susan Galbraith

This is not a review.  Rather, it’s a memory of an event that caused a kind of metastasized growth inside and, until now, kept me from ever being able to attend a performance of the Broad…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre by Susan Galbraith

If you like your Christmas holiday fare free of treacle then this is the show for you. No annoyingly twee children shouting out carols in bad English accents and no sticky sugar plums to get…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, Washington National Opera’s annual holiday treat by Susan Galbraith

With the help of one “ordinary” angel with back-pack wings and a gaggle of colorful, singing animals, a story of complete enchantment unfolded, vying for the number one spot on the exten…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Librettist Mark Campbell on Silent Night, the WWI Christmas Eve miracle on the battlefield by Susan Galbraith

Librettist Mark Campbell and I last spoke when he was  mentoring young librettists in a “supportive role” for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Now Campbell is fr…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: King John. Aaron Posner rescues this lesser Shakespeare by Susan Galbraith

Director Aaron Posner has assembled some of the most splendid, certainly several of them among the most beloved actors who tread the local boards. Indeed, Folger Theatre has done further val…

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