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Francesca Zambello Extends Contract With Washington National Opera Through September 2018

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Today, Washington National Opera (WNO) announced that Francesca Zambello will extend her term as Artistic Director for three years, through September 2018. She has served as the company's Artistic Director since January 2013 and as its Artistic Advisor since June 2011.

Isabel Leonard Chats About Her Debut This Week in Washington National Opera's Cinderella

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Isabel Leonard is a singer whose voice appeals to the heart as well as the ear. Some critics have called her lower register "amber-hued," but I hear a pure, silvery sheen from the bottom of her range to the top and a luminous timbre that fits soprano roles as perfectly as the lyric mezzo repertoire.

Dolora Zajick Chats About Her Debut This Week in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

When it comes to operatic staying power, look no further than star mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick. Critics have dubbed her "a powerhouse" because her voice is big, rich, and luscious throughout all the vocal registers and she's also a singer who can act.

Soprano Ailyn Perez Dazzles in An Impromptu Solo Recital at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

The theatrical adage "The show must go on" worked well at the Kennedy Center last night after illness forced tenor Stephen Costello to quit the stage during his much-anticipated concert with soprano Ailyn Perez.

Dazzling Debuts Lend Panache to Washington Opera's Magic Flute

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Beyond the nonstop stream of colorful images, what I admired was an impressive group of artists, many of whom were making their WNO debut in this beloved Mozart work.

Stephen Costello Riffs on Two Washington National Opera Debuts in Moby-Dick and Elixir of Love

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Costello's Washington company debut in Moby-Dick will be his third outing as Greenhorn, a character whose lyrical arias lend poignancy to this riveting epic, adapted from the Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Costello created his role for the Dallas Opera premiere in 2010 and sang it again for San Francisco in 2012.

Broadway's Jeanine Tesori Talks About Her New Holiday Opera for Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 02.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Broadway and opera composer Jeanine Tesori writes fresh, inventive scores that dazzle the ear and touch the heart. I was lucky to meet Tesori last week when she was in D.C. for rehearsals of her new opera, The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.

Review: Three Mini-Operas Cast a Spell at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

The second season of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative opened on November 13 with a trio of eclectic short operas at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.

Francesca Zambello Salutes Verdi With a New Force of Destiny and Shares Her Plans for Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Verdi's bicentenary is today, October 10, and though the composer will be feted everywhere this season, Zambello feels her Force of Destiny will have deep relevance to contemporary operagoers.

Review: Show Boat Is Sensational at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Washington National Opera's Show Boat will depart the Kennedy Center Opera House soon, but if you can scare up a ticket you shouldn't miss this quintessential American musical, lovingly and movingly staged by Francesca Zambello, WNO's artistic director.

Chase Goddess Indeed!

David Browning | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
David Browning

I have once again traveled far and wide in order to bring you, adoring public, news about opera goings-on outside of the Tri-State Area.

Angela Meade Riffs on Her Dazzling New Role as She Debuts Norma at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Angela Meade ruled the stage as Norma last Saturday in an alluring new production at Washington National Opera, and judging from the ovation after her first aria and the "bravas" at the finale, this singer will now add another glittering success to her list of plaudits.

Bruce Springsteen, H St Festival, DC Shorts: HuffPost DC Top 5 For September 14 to 16

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 09.14.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 1. Bruce Springsteen At Nationals Park The Boss in a ballpark. It's impossible to deny. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $115 a...

A Stunningly Visual 'Magic Flute'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

Jun Kaneko has succeeded in creating an expression of the Totally Other that not only boggles the mind in its complexity, but says to the operatic world: The times they are a'changin'.

Opera's Francesca Zambello Talks About This Summer at Glimmerglass and WNO's Future Plans

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 08.05.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Francesca Zambello ranks among the world's most prolific opera and musical theater directors. When I caught up with the director last month, she was about to meet with the artistic staff at Washington National Opera, while also preparing to direct Aida.

Washington National Opera Preview At Kennedy Center Opera House: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 23, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.23.2012 | DC

1. Washington National Opera Season Preview Concert At Kennedy Center Opera House If pop music isn't your thing but still want to enjoy the finer sou...

Reggie Watts At 9:30 Club: HuffPost DC Top 5 For May 21, 2012

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.21.2012 | DC

TOP 5 PICKS FOR MONDAY, MAY 21 1. Reggie Watts at 9:30 Club The comedian just released his newest album/DVD, recorded live in Central Park. He doe...

An Inspiring Performance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.26.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

From now on, when I hear people say that opera is a dying art form, that it is outmoded, that young people could never enjoy it, that it is too long, or too serious, or too expensive, I will remember this performance of Così fan tutte.

The Ring Cycle Is Coming

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.11.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — Washington National Opera, which recently merged with the Kennedy Center after struggling financially for years, announced an ambit...

Soprano Patricia Racette Talks About Tosca as Washington National Opera Launches its Fall Season

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg


Supreme Court Justice Still a Fashionista

Stephanie Green | Posted 07.09.2011 | Style
Stephanie Green

She may be an aging widow, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg proves she's still got it going on in the style department.

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez Prepares to Sing Butterfly at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Ana Maria Martinez is a quintessential modern diva, juggling opera and concert dates along with her busy family life.

WATCH: What To Watch: Top Operas To See Before They Close

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Around the country, opera companies are looking to the end of their 2010 - 2011 seasons and have begun announcing their 2011-2012 slates. But, before ...

Opera's Francesca Zambello Takes the Helm at Glimmerglass

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Francesca Zambello, the new general and artistic director of Glimmerglass, has ambitious plans for the 35-year-old opera company in Cooperstown, New York.

Soprano Deborah Voigt Launches a Rich New Season of Firsts

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Not many divas can move easily between the lofty heights of opera and the gleeful climes of musical theater, but Deborah Voigt hopes to conquer both during the next ten months.