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Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta) and Russell Thomas (Don Carlo) © Scott Suchman
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Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington

By , 03 March 2018
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Triumphal Scene, Act 2 © Scott Suchman
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Graffiti meets Nefertiti: Aida in Washington DC

By , 09 September 2017
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© Jonas Becker
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Geeks and Gamines: Alice Sara Ott and the NSO at the Kennedy Center

By , 08 June 2017
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Sarah Steele in Frontier © Theo Kossenas | media4artists
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A Space-Age premiere at The Washington Ballet

By , 25 May 2017
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
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Russian Romanticism and contemporary Americana from Gustavo Gimeno and the National Symphony

By , 11 May 2017
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) and Brian Jagde (Pinkerton) © Scott Suchman
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Madama Butterfly an aesthetic treat at Washington National Opera

By , 06 May 2017
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L.A. Dance Project in Millepied's Hearts and Arrows © Teresa Wood
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It's complicated: Justin Peck's take on Ballet Across America

By , 22 April 2017
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Sergey Khachatryan © Marco Borggreve
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Water-themed music presents rich diversity

By , 20 April 2017
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Nashville Ballet in Paul Vasterling's Concerto © Teresa Wood
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Ballet Across America, curated by Misty Copeland

By , 19 April 2017
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James Conlon © Robert Millard
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Salute to Slava: Shostakovich under the baton of James Conlon

By , 06 April 2017
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In Creases © Media 4 Artists | Theo Kossenas
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Attitude and Abstraction from the Washington Ballet

By , 30 March 2017
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Silvia Azzoni (The Little Mermaid) © Holger Badekow
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Hamburg Ballet: Neumeier's Little Mermaid premieres in Washington DC

By , 28 March 2017
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Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
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Dead Man Walking in Washington DC an unforgettable emotional experience

By , 05 March 2017
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Arthur Woodley (Emile Griffith) © Scott Suchman for WNO
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Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard's Champion in Washington DC

By , 04 March 2017
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Maki Onuki, Gian Carlo Perez, Rolando Sarabia and artists of the Washington Ballet © Media 4 artists | Theo Kossenas
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Refinement and Strength in The Washington Ballet's Giselle

By , 02 March 2017
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Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
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Cornelius Meister spins yarns wth the National Symphony

By , 16 February 2017
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AAADT in Ailey's Revelations © Paul Kolnik
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When is a Hat not a Hat: Ailey in Washington

By , 07 February 2017
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Ernest Latypov as Ivan the Fool in Alexei Ratmansky's The Little Humpbacked Horse © Natasha Razina
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Speaking ridicule to power in Ratmansky's Little Humpbacked Horse for the Mariinsky

By , 31 January 2017
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Misty Copeland (Odette) © Gene Schiavone
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Human Swans, Patriarchal Villains and Misty Copeland with ABT on tour

By , 27 January 2017
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Christoph Eschenbach © Luca Piva
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A Salute to Slava: The National Symphony discovers Weinberg

By , 26 January 2017
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Laurence Cummings © Anton Säckl
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Cummings leads a light and fluent Messiah in DC

By , 15 December 2016
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Semyon Bychkov © Sheila Rock
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Powerful Mahler 5 from the Royal Concertgebouw in Washington DC

By , 29 November 2016
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Ogulcan Borava (Herr Drosselmeyer) and artists of Cincinnati Ballet © Peter Mueller
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The Nutcracker: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

By , 23 November 2016
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Krzysztof Urbański © Fred Jonny
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Urbański takes the lead in Dvořák's “New World” at the Kennedy

By , 17 November 2016
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Lisette Oropesa (Marie), Kevin Burdette (Sulpice) and Lawrence Brownlee (Tonio) © Scott Suchman
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Washington National Opera's sparkling Daughter of the Regiment

By , 12 November 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Florence McCall
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The other Donald in DC: Runnicles explores French repertoire

By , 10 November 2016
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Gianandrea Noseda © Ramella & Giannese | Fondazione Teatro Regio di Torino
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Gianandrea Noseda's homage to Slava, Shakespeare and Prokofiev

By , 03 November 2016
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Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
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Marsalis' “cool” new Violin Concerto at the Kennedy

By , 27 October 2016
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Maria Kochetkova as Cinderella © Erik Tomasson
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Wheeldon's Cinderella casts its magic spell

By , 26 October 2016
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Stars and Stripes: Allynne Noelle and Thomas Garrett © Paul Kolnik
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Frothy, fun Balanchine from The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

By , 21 October 2016
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Juraj Valčuha © Vermont Classics
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Juraj Valčuha treads the boards in “Shakespeare at the Symphony”

By , 06 October 2016
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
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The NSO season opens: celebrating Shakespeare American-style

By , 29 September 2016
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Amanda Majeski (Countess Almaviva) © Scott Suchman for WNO
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Upstairs Downstairs comedy: Figaro opens Washington's season

By , 22 September 2016
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Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
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Pleasing Bruckner from the NSO

By , 09 June 2016
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Anthony Lomuljo (Romeo) Mariko Kida (Juliet) © Carl Thorborg
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A modern interpretation frees dancers: US première of Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo

By , 01 June 2016
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Eric Halfvarson (Hagen) © Scott Suchman
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Twilight of the Gods gives way to an American dawn

By , 06 May 2016
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Venus Villa and Brooklyn Mack © Theo Kossenas | Media4artists
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Septime Webre’s most Glorious Ride of all

By , 05 May 2016
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David Cangelosi (Mime) © Scott Suchman
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Holding a mirror up to Nature: Zambello’s Siegfried

By , 04 May 2016
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Meagan Miller (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund) © Scott Suchman
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Nature’s bonfire burns on: Zambello’s Die Walküre in Washington

By , 02 May 2016
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Alan Held, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Cox, Melody Moore, Ryan McKinny © Scott Suchman for WNO
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Manifest destiny and doom: Francesca Zambello’s All-American Ring

By , 30 April 2016
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Webre's Carmina Burana © media4artists, Theo Kossenas
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Rambunctious Dynamism in Webre's Carmina Burana in Washington

By , 14 April 2016
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Mariss Jansons © Marco Borggreve
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Emotionally intelligent Mahler from Jansons and the BRSO in Washington

By , 12 April 2016
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
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Znaider makes impressive NSO debut as conductor

By , 07 April 2016
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The Washington Ballet in Hamlet © media4artists | Theo Kossenas
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Hamlet with or without a Prince at the Washington Ballet

By , 01 April 2016
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Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
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Znaider's powerful Brahms with the National Symphony

By , 31 March 2016
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Osmo Vänskä © Kaapo Kamu
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Gentlemanly Brahms and Elysian Beethoven for the NSO

By , 17 March 2016
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Christoph Eschenbach © Eric Brissaud
Washington

Tobias Picker's Opera Without Words: A feast for the orchestra in Washington

By , 10 March 2016
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Amar Ramasar and Ashley Laracey in Peter Martins’ Infernal Machine © Paul Kolnik
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New York City Ballet meets DC audiences with light-hearted divertissements

By , 01 March 2016
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© Media4artists | Theo Kossenas
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Director's Cut: Septime Webre opens his last season in Washington

By , 25 February 2016
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Oxana Skorik © Natasha Razina
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The Mariinsky Ballet starts its US tour with a performance of polished surfaces

By , 23 February 2016
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