Show Boat: Washington National Opera Premiere of Broadway Classic
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The last date listed for Show Boat was Sunday May 26, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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With music that sparkles and a playful libretto, Washington National Opera's production of Donizetti's comedy is utterly charming. Handsome Nemorino is mad for the feisty Adina. She doesn't know he exists, but he'll do anything to get her to fall in love with him. Enter the lovable quack Dr. Dulcamara, who provides Nemorino with a "magic" potion -- the elixir of the title -- that sweeps up the lovers in a comically romantic whirlwind. Filled with whimsical wit, beautiful arias and intoxicating duets, the opera is sung in Italian with projected English titles. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Francine J.Red Velvet
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This is a very enjoyable production. It was wonderful to hear the musical numbers performed by operatic voices, and Morris Robinson (as Joe) singing "Old Man River" was deeply moving. The plot isn't of particular interest to me, and I think "Carousel" tells a better (similar) story. But that is not a criticism of this production. I'm glad I saw the show and definitely recommend it.
The production will be performed in English with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Music by Jerome Kern
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber
Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera Association and Houston Grand Opera
The performance runs 2 hours and 50 minutes with one 20-minute intermission.
Come early for free Opera Insights: Beginning one hour before each performance and lasting approximately 20–25 minutes, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production and into the history and social context of each opera. These education events are free, but you must present a ticket from any performance of Show Boat.
May 4, 2013 at 6:00pm (on the Millennium Stage): Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
May 6, 2013 at 6:00pm and May 7, 2013 at 6:30pm: Francesca Zambello, artistic director
May 8, 2013 at 6:30pm: David Foti, production director
May 17, 2013 at 6:30pm: Kelley Rourke, WNO dramaturg
May 24, 2013 at 6:30pm: Michael Heaston, director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
May 25, 2013 at 6:00pm: John DeMain, Show Boat conductor
May 26, 2013 at 1:00pm: Michael Mael, WNO executive director
An artist Q&A follows the performance on May 26, 2013. Artist Q&As are free, but you must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.