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Performer: Francesca Zambello

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WashingtonPorgy and Bess

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Evan Rogister; Francesca Zambello; Washington National Opera; Eric Sean Fogel; Washington National Opera Chorus; Washington National Opera Orchestra
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Quality singing in a setting with novel accents at Glimmerglass

Amanda Woodbury (Violetta) © Karli Cadel | The Glimmerglass Festival
Francesca Zambello sets the whole opera as a flashback, showing, during the prelude, the heroine surrounded by doctors and nurses in a sanatorium for patients dying from tuberculosis.
****1
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West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

The Jets © Prudence Upton
For the first time, a musical comes to the outdoor stage of the annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. 
****1
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Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman
A strong new Traviata from Washington National Opera with the welcome house debut of Venera Gimadieva as a fabulous Violetta.
****1
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West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Zambello's politically re-'woke' West Side Story comes to Kansas.
***11
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Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle Opera's memorable Porgy and Bess excels with an exceptional cast who performed with utmost sympathy for their roles.
****1
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