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Susan Dormady Eisenberg
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Susan Dormady Eisenberg is a writer based in Maryland. She has published articles in Opera News and Classical Singer as well as The Hartford Courant and The Albany Times Union. On February 3, 2012, she released her first novel, The Voice I Just Heard, as an indie ebook.

As a freelancer Susan has written promotional publications for clients throughout Greater D.C. Prior to launching her business, she did publicity for Goodspeed Opera House and Syracuse Stage, and marketing for the Joffrey Ballet/New York.

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Entries by Susan Dormady Eisenberg

London Stage: Natasha J. Barnes Sparkles in Funny Girl

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 1:08 PM

I gave myself a challenge on a recent trip to London's West End, which the locals call "theatreland," vowing to see a show that wasn't also running on Broadway. I chose the London revival of the 1963 musical, Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice, a...

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Lori Laitman Talks About The Scarlet Letter, Her New Opera Premiering Soon at Opera Colorado

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 5:25 PM

Lori Laitman's opera, The Scarlet Letter, opens May 7, 2016, at Opera Colorado for a four-performance run. With a libretto by poet David Mason, this new work based on the iconic Hawthorne novel will be recorded live by the prestigious classical music label, Naxos.

Laitman is one of America's...

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Samuel Jones' Opera, A Christmas Memory, Adapted From Capote's Story, Deserves a Full-Scale Revival

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 11:03 AM

I recently heard an opera recording that made me long to see a fully staged production. This luminous work was A Christmas Memory, with music and libretto by Samuel Jones, adapted from Truman Capote's beloved short story. Next year marks the 60th anniversary of Capote's classic, published in Mademoiselle in...

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Soloman Howard Riffs on His Dual Roles in Appomattox, Opening This Week at Washington National Opera

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Soloman Howard is one of America's busiest singers, so busy he was at home in Northern Virginia for about four weeks this past year. Washington National Opera discovered the young bass five years ago when he auditioned for WNO's chorus, and since then he's become a D.C. favorite, garnering raves...

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Francesca Zambello Extends Contract With Washington National Opera Through September 2018

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:05 PM

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. She has directed 15 productions for the company, starting...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 9:32 AM

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 7:13 AM

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. In fact, I was blown away two...

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Belinda Carlisle Still Has 'The Beat' as She Riffs on Rock and Her Remedy for Menopause

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:11 AM

When the Go-Go's made their debut in 1978, lead singer Belinda Carlisle was a twenty-year-old free spirit who soon became the face of that pioneering all-girl band. But Carlisle never dreamed she would be a trendsetter on several fronts as her vocal career evolved.

Now 56, Carlisle continues to...

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Theater Review: Little Dancer Enchants at the Kennedy Center

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:23 AM

How many Broadway musicals can you name that concern themselves with the agony and ecstasy of creating art? I remember one: Sunday in the Park with George by Sondheim. And now there's a second, the Kennedy Center's Little Dancer which debuted last night. Commissioned by the Center's former president, Michael...

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Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia Talk About Their New Opera, Opening This Week at Virginia Tech

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:47 AM

The premiere of a new American opera is always a cause for celebration, and a work for children is especially heartening since today's youth should be tomorrow's audience. But the rehearsal phase of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia's The Three Feathers also offered "something rare," according to Ruth Waalkes, executive...

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:25 PM

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. As music fans know, the married Mr. Costello and Ms. Perez are opera's newest "power couple"--young,...

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Review: The Mockingbird Next Door Sings With Simple Truth

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Readers across the globe know by now that Harper Lee changed her mind about cooperating with journalist Marja Mills, author of the memoir, The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee, recently released by Penguin. But as I read the book on its publication day, it seemed clear to me...

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Dazzling Debuts Lend Panache to Washington Opera's Magic Flute

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:05 AM

When artist Jun Kaneko's digital sets and inventive costumes for The Magic Flute debuted at San Francisco Opera two summers ago, the critics did handsprings. I'm sure operagoers enjoyed the same intriguing visuals in Washington National Opera's new production, which opened Saturday night at the Kennedy Center. But beyond the...

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

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Though he'll sing the role of Greenhorn in WNO's east coast premiere of Moby-Dick this week, Stephen Costello is already an opera veteran.

Since opening night of the Met season in 2007, when he debuted as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, this Philadelphia native has performed at world-class companies...

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

(5) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 11:52 AM

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, commissioned by Washington National Opera's artistic director,...

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Carrie Underwood and Company Shine on the New Cast Album for NBC's Live Sound of Music

(26) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:03 AM

We've all seen endless commercials by now. You'd have to live under a rock not to know that NBC will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, The Sound of Music, on Thursday (December 5) at 8 p.m. (EST), and it will be done live.

Maria, the misfit postulant in...

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

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 7:28 AM

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. Accompanied by an eight-piece chamber orchestra, conducted by Anne Manson, the twenty-minute works were musically edgy and dramatically compelling. Each received an enthusiastic...

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Remembering Timeless Grace Kelly

(6) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia 84 years ago today, November 12, and somehow I've never stopped searching for the woman inside the myth. Though she retired from films when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco, the former actress has moved into the pantheon of American movie icons during the...

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

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Though official D.C. remains shutdown, Francesca Zambello, artistic director of Washington National Opera, is working round-the-clock on her new Force of Destiny production, a tribute to Giuseppe Verdi which opens this Saturday in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

Verdi's bicentenary is today, October 10, and though the composer will...

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On the Trail of Annie Oakley in Greenville & Darke County, Ohio

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Want to meet the flesh-and-blood Annie Oakley? Summer is the ideal time to visit her hometown of Greenville, Ohio, and her many rural haunts in Darke County. You'll catch a glimpse of who she was and see the verdant farmland and forests that nourished her spirit.

You'll also learn...

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