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Performer: Washington National Opera Orchestra

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WashingtonDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Evan Rogister; E Loren Meeker; Washington National Opera; Erhard Rom; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Ryan McKinny; Vanessa Vasquez

WashingtonSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
John Fiore; Peter Kazaras; Washington National Opera; Erhard Rom; Michael Scott-Mitchell; Roberto Aronica; J'Nai Bridges

WashingtonPorgy and Bess

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Evan Rogister; Francesca Zambello; Washington National Opera; Musa Ngqungwana; Alfred Walker; Kristin Lewis; Alyson Cambridge
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Washington National Opera's merry take on Mozart's Magic Flute

Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night) and David Portillo (Tamino) © Scott Suchman

Could The Magic Flute be the next Nutcracker? A child-friendly take on the classic in a mash-up of pyramids and petticoats.

***11
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Russell Thomas shines in gloomy David Alden's Otello

Russell Thomas (Otello) © Scott Suchman
The combination of a strong, spirited cast and a first-rate orchestral performance led by Daniele Callegari rendered the opera a moving experience in spite of drab staging and latent, unexplored tensions.
***11
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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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Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington

Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta) and Russell Thomas (Don Carlo) © Scott Suchman
The team of soloists, the chorus and the orchestra, under the baton of Philippe Auguin, powerfully conveyed the spectacular qualities of Verdi's Don Carlo.
****1
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Graffiti meets Nefertiti: Aida in Washington DC

Triumphal Scene, Act 2 © Scott Suchman
Francesca Zambello’s engaging Aida opened the season at Washington National Opera, eventually getting into its stride. 
****1
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