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Friday, November 8, 2019

Exploding the canon: Inside the IN Series opera company’s “radical” practice  by Whitney Fishburn

Now into his second year leading IN Series, the itinerant company based at the Source Theater, artistic director Timothy Nelson has not been shy about challenging opera’s status quo.  “…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Washington National Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’ is seamless, if too long by Whitney Fishburn

The opening night performance of Washington National Opera’s production of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute was perfectly pleasing, even if the show as written is just too long. Trad…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

A tragic ‘Otello’ at Washington National Opera by Whitney Fishburn

The crowd cheered.  We were on the Kennedy Center jitney to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. I had just read aloud a text from my husband that said Howie Kendrick had hit a two-run homer to put…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Spektral Quartet lets audiences explore the space ‘in-between’ by Whitney Fishburn

Spektral Quartet’s Looking Skyward offers audiences opportunity to trust their instincts when approaching new music There was a time when I needed the cash, so I substitute taught high sch…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Appropriate or Appropriation? PostClassical Ensemble and The Lakota Music Project Frames Debate on Indigenous Music by Whitney Fishburn

If this summer’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra labor dispute underscored that remonstrating over the sustainability of American symphony orchestras is pointless if we don’t clarify whethe…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Last-Minute Program Change Helps Showcase NSO’s Evolving Signature Sound by Whitney Fishburn

The National Symphony Orchestra’s third season opener signaled a distinctively bright and cohesive sound is developing under Maestro Gianandrea Noseda. Noseda explained to the crowd that h…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

REACH Report: Renée Fleming, Angélique Kidjo, and Jason Moran by Whitney Fishburn

Two of the world’s biggest voices blended beautifully Thursday night on the Main Stage at the Kennedy Center’s REACH Opening Festival, demonstrating the power of song to unify and inspir…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Review: Olney Center Theatre’s ‘Cabaret’ Is Among the Show’s Best Productions by Whitney Fishburn

It’s been 54 years since Cabaret first opened on Broadway, but this season is the first time the Olney Theatre Center has staged the show. I have always loved this Kander and Ebb masterpie…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Musica Viva Kentlands’ brings European flair to Gaithersburg by Whitney Fishburn

Traveling through the south of France one glorious September, regardless of where my companion and I found ourselves, it seemed that at one point in the afternoon, there would be a classical…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jets and Sharks: Is the BSO Missing an Opportunity? by Whitney Fishburn

Although I review the arts, most of my career has been spent as a health sciences writer. The combination means that although statistics might drive the bulk of what I write, my mind instinc…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

A Lively NSO Dazzles, Hinting of Still More Good Things to Come by Whitney Fishburn

Now that National Symphony Orchestra music director Gianandrea Noseda has nearly completed two full seasons – and has signed on to stay through 2025 – a clearer picture of the possibilit…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

WNO Gala Demonstrates America’s Solid Standing on Opera’s World Stage by Whitney Fishburn

From the nexus of divas, dollars, and diplomats at this year’s Washington National Opera Gala, there arose a thrilling truth: The finely frocked foreigners in attendance might question Ame…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

WNO’s ‘Tosca’ Serves Up Classic Opera Comfort Food Done Right by Whitney Fishburn

The Washington National Opera’s (WNO) fine opening night performance of Puccini’s Tosca provided an opportunity for catharsis and reflection, two things our overwrought city needs right…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

When BSO’s OrchKids Show Up, Good Things Happen by Whitney Fishburn

In the early 1990s, I lived in New Orleans at the corner of Philip and Constance streets. At the time, it was the transition zone between the toney Garden District and the St. Thomas project…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ a Crowd-Pleaser by Whitney Fishburn

Let’s get the persnickety stuff out of the way first. Then we can get to why the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s second Porgy and Bess in concert at the Strathmore Music Center in three y…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hit the Bars (of Music) For Lunch: Free Midday Concerts in the DC Area by Whitney Fishburn

Food trucks are a fun and a convenient way to sample something tasty and new, but don’t forget to check out the bars – of music that is. Several DC area venues offer bite-sized classical…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Washington Bach Consort’s Noontime Cantata Series: A DC Tradition in the Making by Whitney Fishburn

For thirty years, the Washington Bach Consort has offered its Noontime Cantata Series to Washingtonians seeking a free musical escape in the middle of the workday, something District officia…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: ‘Faust’ by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center by Whitney Fishburn

It’s been a quarter of a century since Satan came to call on the Kennedy Center, but the Washington National Opera’s production of Faust (with music by Charles Gounod and libretto by Jul…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BSO’s Marin Alsop Defines, Delivers “New Normal” in Classical Music by Whitney Fishburn

Marin Alsop thinks we’re ready for a “new normal” in classical music. That is why the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director has commissioned a work by a renowned composer who…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Not Just ‘Dead White Guys’: Kennedy Center Artistic Directors Defend 2019-2020 Season   by Whitney Fishburn

The Kennedy Center’s artistic directorial staff defended their calculus for choosing their collective 2019-2020 classical-music season during a media briefing and panel discussion earlier …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Maestro Antony Walker Previews ‘Le vin herbé’ by Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera by Whitney Fishburn

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the composer’s operatic meditation on the metaphysical nature of love, sex, and death, is generally accepted to be the “before/after” point in the histo…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ by Maryland Lyric Opera by Whitney Fishburn

The Maryland Lyric Opera’s stated raison d’etre is to find and nurture good singers, then give them a place to test their meddle on masterworks such as those by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, a…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

American Opera Is Becoming Its Own Genre and It’s Happening Here in DC by Whitney Fishburn

Opera in America has had the stink of death upon it for some time now. Lavish productions of period piece love stories and power struggles set largely during the time of kings and courtesans…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Soloman Howard: Southeast’s Operatic Superstar Reprises ‘The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me’ at the Kennedy Center by Whitney Fishburn

Growing up in Southeast DC, Soloman Howard had a godfather who saw to it that the young singer’s obvious basso gift did not languish for lack of training and opportunity. “My godfather, …

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