Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Washington National Opera To Reprise Porgy and Bess; Initiate New Concerts (In Lieu Of New American Operas)

"Washington National Opera General Director Plácido Domingo announced the company's 2009-10 season including: Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Verdi's Falstaff, Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, a revival of WNO's acclaimed production of The Gershwins® Porgy and Bess, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, a WNO company premiere.

Maestro Domingo also unveiled new concerts for 2009, beginning with Plácido Domingo Sings: From My Latin Soul, an evening featuring many of Mo. Domingo's most beloved Spanish-language songs, followed by a Latin-themed gala, on May 1, 2009. Additional concerts include Mo. Domingo leading internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and her husband, bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, in a rare appearance together, and WNO Music Director Heinz Fricke conducting two concert performances of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, featuring the original cast from WNO's Ring."

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Blogger JW said...

I know this is tilting at windmills, but P&G? They couldn't do any effing better than that? Pathetic.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks John.

No, I don't think it is tilting at windmills. The Washington Opera gained international status recently by producing fine productions of 'A View from the Bridge' and 'Sophie's Choice', as well as 'Vanessa', 'Susannah', and 'Of Mice and Men'.

As you may know, the Washington Opera petitioned Congress to be allowed to rename itself the Washington NATIONAL Opera. In so petitioning, it promised Congress that it would produce one American opera each and every season.

The Washington Opera is reported to want to break this promise, and yet keep the Washington NATIONAL Opera title.

While I am insignificant in the eyes of the Washington musical establishment, I am hoping that Michelle Obama and Caroline Kennedy, if not Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, Sharon Rockefeller, and Hillary Clinton, will keep the Washington NATIONAL Opera from reneging on its promise to Congress to produce one American opera each and every season.

For the Washington NATIONAL Opera to break this promise would represent corruption, in my opinion.

10:28 AM  

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