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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.

Visit www.susandormadyeisenberg.net for more information.

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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 | 10:55 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 | 12:52 PM

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 | 11:03 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 | 8:28 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 | 9:46 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 | 4:08 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 | 1:01 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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Review: Show Boat Is Sensational at Washington National Opera

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Washington National Opera's Show Boat will depart the Kennedy Center Opera House soon, the end to an exceptionally fine mainstage season, 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.

Zambello has an...

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National Gallery's "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes" Exhibit Also Reveals the Vision of Robert Joffrey

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev assembled the finest dancers, choreographers, scenic artists, and composers of the early twentieth century to launch the iconic ballet company whose legacy is now on display at the National Gallery of Art.

"Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music" opened May...

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A Maryland Teacher Changes Lives By Creating Opera in the Classroom

(8) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Mary Ruth McGinn's class at Stedwick Elementary School in suburban Maryland has an intriguing second name and unique purpose. McGinn's nineteen third graders have formed an in-house troupe called the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company, and they've spent the past eight months writing, composing, producing, and rehearsing an original opera...

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TV's Smash Seems Doomed, But The Show Deserves a Third Season

(55) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Tonight Smash will lose its plum NBC slot--Tuesday at 10--and while its future is unknown, the signs point to doom. It will be banished as of April 6 to the network's graveyard: Saturday at 9. This is sad since it's a highly original show which is clever and entertaining...

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

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:03 PM

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. Since March...

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The Pope Tweets (Parody)

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 8:46 AM

"On Monday, the Vatican announced that the 85-year-old pontiff would begin posting messages on Twitter next week under the handle @pontifex, a term for pope that means bridge-builder in Latin...Asked whether the pope's posts would be infallible, Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, laughed...

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Marquita Lister Prepares to Sing Serena in the Boston Symphony's Porgy and Bess

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 9:17 AM

When Marquita Lister sings Serena in Boston Symphony Orchestra's Porgy and Bess this week, she will come full circle in a celebrated career whose seeds took root while she was an undergrad at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. In those days the soprano dreamed of joining the other great...

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The Music Man Marches Into D.C. And Fills Arena Stage With Charm

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 7:50 PM

When I read that Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage, was going to produce The Music Man, I picked a date and bought advance tickets. I was not disappointed. The show opened in D.C. at the end of May, and Arena must have guessed it would be popular because...

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Francesca Zambello ranks among the world's most prolific opera and musical theater directors. Revered for her fearless dramatic intensity since her Houston Grand Opera debut in 1984, she seems to move effortlessly from her role as artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Festival in central New York, to her...

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Finding the Face of My Muse: A Vietnam Veteran I Never Met

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 10:37 AM

"Where do you get your ideas?" is a question writers often hear, and I've learned that pinpointing the source of my inspiration is not an exact science. But when it comes to my debut novel, The Voice I Just Heard, I was stunned by the death of one young soldier...

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How James Purefoy Will Heat Up the Hamptons When Revenge Finally Returns

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 10:24 AM

ABC executives have been mostly mum about the late-season arrival of James Purefoy, the hunky British actor who joins the cast of Revenge as the show returns from hiatus on April 18.

It was announced in January that Purefoy would portray Dominik Wright, the mysterious old flame of the...

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Review: Frank Langella's Dropped Names Is a Literary Debut to Savor

(7) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Frank Langella's Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them offers shrewd and often poignant observations that linger in the mind long after each chapter ends--and there are 66 vignettes to savor. Published this week by Harper Collins, Langella's memoir is a tour-de-force debut that, in the...

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An Interview With Terence Winter: Executive Producer and Creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Part 2 -- On Writing for TV)

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 9:30 AM

In his role as showrunner for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winter usually gets a fast response from any agent he calls. This was not the case in 1990, however, when he was 29 and trying to break into television. As a newly minted lawyer, a Brooklyn native transplanted to L.A.,...

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