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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

From The Women Composers Festival. Timothy Nelson introduces the women and the music that will “surprise, delight, and inspire” by Susan Galbraith

This first weekend in March brings together works from some extraordinary women working in exciting new directions today in the realm of ‘opera and beyond.’  In Series hosts a Women Com…

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Opera review: Don Giovanni meets the #MeToo movement by Susan Galbraith

It was inevitable. Don Giovanni would have to face the match of his life against the #MeToo movement. The problem is this production, not two years after the resplendent WNO production direc…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Opera review: Samson and Delilah. Modern technicals make this rarely seen story “an opera for the senses” by Susan Galbraith

Opening night came on a Sunday afternoon for Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns. It’s an opera not seen in Washington for ages, and, headlined by the ravishing J’Nai Bridges, the…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Opera review: Beethovan’s Leonore from Opera Lafayette by Susan Galbraith

Opera Lafayette has taken on a prodigiously ambitious task in tackling the “reawakening” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s single operatic masterpiece (Fidelio) by giving us the composer’s e…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Review: World Stages: Heroine. A disappointing production of a powerful wartime story by Susan Galbraith

I mostly love the works brought to DC by The Kennedy Center’s World Stages. I love the sub-genre of one-person shows. I also take a serious interest and have been involved in working with …

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: GALA’s Exquisita Agonía (Exquisite Agony), visually and emotionally stunning by Susan Galbraith

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz has come to Washington’s GALA Hispanic Theatre to direct his most recent play, and has unleashed from his prodigiously creative mind something l…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: World Stages: Huff. A dazzling young performer delivers hard truths by Susan Galbraith

A stranger comes to town. He changes things up. He sheds a light on deep darkness.  There are things the people don’t want to see but can’t look away. There is something of the shaman a…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage, a harrowing Afghan drama by Susan Galbraith

Carey Perloff’s opening scene of the staged adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s shattering novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, moves with breathtaking beauty. Two women in one direction and a m…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020 trends in Opera: DC area opera companies are confronting race, sex and gender discrimination by Susan Galbraith

It was a rare pleasure to share the stage at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center less than a week ago with colleagues who are also in the business of reviewing the perfor…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Opera review: Glory Denied, a heartbreaking story of the Vietnam War and its aftermath by Susan Galbraith

For many of us in the audience of UrbanArias’ new production, Glory Denied, the Vietnam War is not distant history.  Like the characters in this opera by Tom Cipullo, we carry that war in…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Three new operas showcased in WNO’s AOI Festival 2020. Is the development process working? by Susan Galbraith

2020 marks the 8th year of Washington National Opera’s showcase of new compositional teams working in the most specialized art form of opera in a rollout of three twenty-minute operas. It…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Review: Le Cabaret de Carmen. In Series kick-starts the new decade with an LGBTQ Carmen by Susan Galbraith

In 1981, the once enfant terrible of stage and screen, Peter Brook, then seasoned into arguably the most formidable theatre director in the world, took the opera world by storm with his radi…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Review: Bartlett Sher’s My Fair Lady, a fresh, loverly production with a curiously unsatisfying end by Susan Galbraith

Everyone has a special memory of their first musical. Mine was My Fair Lady. It had opened in London in 1958 on Drury Lane after taking Broadway by storm, and, as a young child living there,…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: I Take Your Hand in Mine. Anton Chekhov in love by Susan Galbraith

I Take Your hand in Mine is based on the intimate letters written between Anton Chekhov at the end of his life and his wife Olga Knipper. It  has come to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in t…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: The 2019 Christmas Revels: Celestial Fools by Susan Galbraith

When singer/musician/educator John Langstaff launched a seasonal celebration of early music in Boston back in 1971, comprised of song and general merriment that would bring community togethe…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: Keep. A brilliant theatrical tour de force at Studio Theatre by Susan Galbraith

Make no mistake about it, I had this guy pegged in the first two minutes: a bumbling, bald-headed bungler trying to string together a show based on his own hoarding. Worse, an amateur!  My …

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Review: Venus and Adonis from Opera Lafayette by Susan Galbraith

Celebrating Opera Lafayette’s twenty-fifth season, Ryan Brown has brought a rare and truly exquisite small gem of an opera to Washington audiences. To do so, Brown has left his more famili…

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Review: HEARTSPACE the earth that is sufficient from The Welders by Susan Galbraith

How are we to recover from what divides us? How do we maintain hope in the face of catastrophe from climate crisis? Such questions are not new; in fact the clamor of them pounding for our at…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: The Tempest revival from Synetic Theater “fresh and profound” by Susan Galbraith

Synetic Theater opens its season with a remount of its 2013 hit The Tempest, complete with its stunning watery world creation, amphibian-like cast, pounding AMC decibel electronic score, and…

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Review: Taffety Punk Riot Grrrls perform Othello by Susan Galbraith

How do you like your Shakespeare? Intimate. Intelligent.  Intrepid. And, I’d also add fully integrated through emotional truth and delivery of the musical richness of Shakespeare’s lang…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Review: La Vida es Sueño / Life is a Dream at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Susan Galbraith

Never underestimate the power of a classic to communicate across time, cultures, and language in new and urgent messaging. We have Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano, the longest servi…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Butterfly takes wing. Timothy Nelson has rescued Puccini’s most famous opera by Susan Galbraith

Every age gets to reassess the value of a work of art relative to its present times, and not just aesthetically but politically. Never more so than today. Sometimes in our society’s self-c…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: New Jeanine Tesori/Tazewell Thompson opera Blue at Glimmerglass Festival by Susan Galbraith

The Glimmerglass Festival offers a unique opportunity to singers and audiences alike to be around living composers. The “live relationship” creates a work that breathes and where new dis…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: The Ghosts of Versailles at Glimmerglass Festival 2019 by Susan Galbraith

Glimmerglass Festival has made a bold choice in re-mounting The Ghosts of Versailles, a complicated, multi-layered late 20th-century opera, as part of its 2019 season. Contemporary opera ten…

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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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