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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:13 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 | 10:11 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 | 11:23 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 | 10:47 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 | 3:25 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 | 10:21 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 | 12:05 PM

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 | 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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