Verdi’s “Don Carlo” was originally written for the Paris Opera, as a grand opera in five acts, with all the spectacle audiences expected from the form. One can’t fault companies today for economizing, but must new productions be as relentlessly and monotonously ugly as the one that opened at the … Continue Reading Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Washington National Opera
This essay is running in The Washington Post on Monday, July 11. I try to say what I believe. This is part of of it: Democracy has always been contentious; it will not get less so. There is no ideal point we will reach where strife ceases and people live … Continue Reading Democracy will never be less contentious.
Let’s just call it the annual Kennedy Center Pander for Pop-Cult Cred Award. I didn’t expect to change anyone’s mind over at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts when I wrote this piece last year, lamenting the slow decline of the Kennedy Center Honors from an … Continue Reading Time to rename the Kennedy Center Honors
Even if Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s bible-verse tweet was pre-scheduled, and wasn’t sent with any particular reference to the slaughter at a gay night club in Orlando, let’s not forget the particular resonance of this verse. These words—“Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what … Continue Reading A man reaps what he sows…
In the summer of 1965, the young Luciano Pavarotti went on tour in Australia with Joan Sutherland. He credited that time with the great soprano for some of the musical lessons essential to building his career. On Friday night, mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey shared the stage with a young baritone … Continue Reading Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey returns to Washington Concert Opera