National Opera Week
Today marks the start of the first National Opera Week. The NEA Opera Awards, which will be conferred in a ceremony tomorrow night, mark the start of a week of opera-related events at companies all around the country, from discounted tickets to open rehearsals to free concerts. A full listing, searchable by state, is available on Opera America’s website. Washington National Opera events include an open orchestra reading of “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Millennium Stage; a recital by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists; and an introduction to opera for kids; while the Washington Concert Opera is offering half-price tickets to its Sunday performance of "Faust." (See the above link for details.) Edited to add: The Washington Concert Opera wishes it to be known that regardless of what it says on the Opera America website, they are not, in fact, offering half-price tickets to "Faust."
There are a few other free opera-related events that aren’t mentioned on the website. On Saturday morning at the unoperatic hour of 9:30 a.m., the local chapter of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers is hosting a talk by the engineer in charge of the live HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, Mark Schubin, about the multiple facets of digital technology and opera from its origins to the present.
And on Saturday afternoon at 1:30, the Wagner Society (scroll down to the EVENTS heading) is presenting German administrator Klaus Schultz in a free talk about Wagner’s festival concept for the Ring.
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