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Watching others dress up is a hallmark of October 31; some choose to pursue this activity in a theater, and several operas are appearing on Saturday night to oblige them. Apart from the Washington National Opera's "Ariadne auf Naxos," two short operas come courtesy of the InCite Festival, a Boston University affair that has come to Washington for the next few days and is taking over the Olney Theater Center in Sandy Spring on Saturday night to present the André Previn-Tom Stoppard one-acter "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor" and Michael Nyman's opera based on Oliver Sacks's "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat." At the same time, the InSeries is opening "Zarzuela on the Avenue," two short zarzuelas united in an updated production.

Those who wish to avoid costumes altogether can attend the recital of the Juilliard-trained pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe, whom the Korean Concert Society is presenting at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in a program of Corigliano, Smetana, Liszt, Ravel, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, which Leif Ove Andsnes will also play here in November.

For actual Halloween music, however, you have to wait until November 1, All Soul's Day, when the NSO offers a Halloween-themed family concert.

By Anne Midgette  |  October 30, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Washington , opera  
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I am curious to know whether the InSeries uses an orchestra for their zarzuela performance since this is not clear from their web site. Because La Gran Via is one of the jewels of the "género chico."

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | October 30, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

If you like Scheherazade, you should try to roll up on the BSO on Halloween night, in my humble opinion:

Posted by: Lindemann777 | October 30, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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