• The Opera Scene in and around Washington DC - Opera Companies

    Our member tyroneslothrop who is the Met Live in HD ambassador for the Washington, DC area and the leader of a local community of opera lovers (see announcement elsewhere in this section of Opera Lively) has provided information on the opera companies, past and present, in the DC area, and some of the productions they've presented. The operatic activity in and around our nation's capital seems to be very strong!

    What follows is all in tyroneslothrop's words:


    In addition to the more famous Washington National Opera and Washington Concert Opera, there are other DC-area opera companies worth mentioning.

    The defunct Baltimore Lyric Opera has essentially been replaced iby something almost the same: Lyric Opera Baltimore.

    The VA Opera performs in several different locations. The closest to DC is in Fairfax at the GMU Concert Hall. They perform a mix of traditional and contemporary operas, heavily edited (for example, they cut almost an hour from Les pêcheurs de perles, mainly because they are not good with ballet embeddings). Their recent production of Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire worked very well, and certainly that was very adventurous, although there were a number of misplaced complaints from audience members about atonality (not true).

    And outside of the immediate area, but not at a completely crazy distance is:


    List of the opera productions of each Greater DC Area opera house/company/festival mentioned since Jan 2012:

    • Washington National Opera: Cosi fan tutte, Nabucco, Werther, Anna Bolena, Don Giovanni, Game of Hearts, Part of the Act, Charon, Hansel and Gretel, Manon Lescaut, Norma
    • Washington Concert Opera: Attila, Werther, La Sonnambula
    • Virginia Opera: Orphée, The Mikado, Les pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Lyric Opera Baltimore: Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, La Bohème
    • Baltimore Concert Opera: Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan tutte, Tosca, Macbeth
    • Bel Cantanti: Eugene Onegin, Der Schauspieldirektor, La Cenerentola, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cosi Fan Tutte
    • Zarzuela Di Si: El barberillo de Lavapiés, La Leyenda del Beso (but now defunct since 2012)
    • Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gianni Schicchi, HMS Pinafore, Die Zauberflöte
    • Opera Camerata of Washington: Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    • Wolf Trap Opera Company: Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress
    • Teatro Lirico of DC: La Dolorosa
    • Opera Lafayette: Le Roi et le fermier, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Paisiello's version, not Rossini's), L'Invitation au Voyage, Lalla Roukh
    • innovativi Riverbend Opera Company: Les contes d'Hoffmann, Children in the Mist, Otello, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro
    • Castleton Festival: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, La Bohème
    • Lyric Opera Virginia (struggling, but worthy opera company): Romeo et Juliette
    • OperaDelaware: Oberto, Slaying the Dragon, Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, H.M.S. Pinafore

    And here are some Greater DC Area opera companies I neglected to mention in my last posting, and their productions since Jan 2012 and current status:

    • Washington Savoyards: Traditionally plays G.S. however not since Jan 2012
    • Peabody Opera Theatre: Ariel's Tempest, Don Giovanni, Lakmé
    • Annapolis Opera: Hansel and Gretel, Roméo et Juliette, Aida, Little Red Riding Hood, Rigoletto
    • The Figaro Project: Who Killed Don Giovanni?
    • Rhymes With Opera (RWO): no opera productions since Jan 2012, but a new one is coming up in 2013
    • Baltimore Opera Company: Defunct since 2009
    • Opera Vivente: Finding a new home since 2011
    • American Opera Theater: Defunct since 2011
    • Chesapeake Chamber Opera: Defunct since 2011
    • Summer Opera Theatre Company: Defunct since 2010
    • Baltimore Opera Theatre: Defunct since 2011

    (By the way, in the lists above, I've intentionally only included opera, operetta, and their variants, while leaving out musicals, recitals, concerts, and other non-operatic works.)

    And then of course not included, because it isn't produced in this area are the Met Live in HD simulcasts and encores, as well as the Emerging Pictures' Opera in Cinema recorded productions, almost all of which play in some DC area cinema or another. When the above listed productions are combined with these two cinema house alternatives, the DC area certainly can be said to have a very rich operatic life, as much so as any other major metropolis, outside of New York and Europe.
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    1. tyroneslothrop's Avatar
      tyroneslothrop -
      Magic Flute / Die Zauberflöte at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia- April 26-28. For more info, see: http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/1376/
    1. cincykid's Avatar
      cincykid -
      The In Series is currently presenting Mozart's ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO. The production runs at the Source (1835 14th St. NW) through September 22nd. www.inseries.org.
      Review: http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/20...-the-seraglio/

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