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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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It was a little disconcerting that the doors didn't open up until about 5 minutes before the show, but everyone got time to find their seats and take in the ambiance without feeling rushed. Ushers were excellent.
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Ate at the KC Cafe on the Terrace Level. Reasonable prices, great food, and no waiting. Ideal for having a civilized meal before the show.
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18 reviews
9 stars
attended May 20 2012

Outstanding performance. The Washington Chorus gave a stirring rendition of some Wagner favorites, along with the talented soloists, under the skillful and energetic direction of Julian Wachner.

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended May 20 2012

The orchestra and chorus were superb, as was the animated conductor who led them. The soprano's voice was pleasing, but she was often overwhelmed by the other musical forces assembled on stage. The tenor had an exceptionally rich and expressive...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended May 20 2012

Fantastic! They played some of the better known Wagnerian pieces (Walkure) and a few deeper cuts. I stayed for th Q&A which was also great.

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Othalie Graham, soprano 

Issachah Savage, tenor 

Brent Stater, baritone 

*Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) 

  • Act III – Steuermann, Lass’ die Wacht (Norwegian Sailors’ Chorus) 


Act II; Sc. 4 – Festmarsch: Arrival of the Guests at the Wartburg 

*Tristan und Isolde 

  • Act III; Sc. 3 – Liebestod: Mild und leise 


  • Act II; Sc. 5 – Feierlicher Zug zum Münster (Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral) 

*Die Walküre 

  • Act III, Sc. 1 – Ritt der Walküren (Ride of the Valkyries) 

*Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (semi-staged) 

  • Act III; Sc. 5 

Vocal soloists provided by the Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program, a partnership with the Wagner Society of Washington, DC. 

About the Ticket Supplier: The Washington Chorus

Founded in 1961 as the Oratorio Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus is noted for its critically-acclaimed performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire. A Grammy Award winner, The Washington Chorus is currently in its 50th season and is considered a cultural leader in the Washington area. The Chorus presents an annual subscription series at the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Music Center at Strathmore, and other major venues throughout the Washington area. The Chorus frequently appears there at the invitation of the National Symphony Orchestra, singing under the direction of many of the world's greatest conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano and many others. In addition to its regular Kennedy Center performances, the Chorus has sung throughout the metropolitan area and has received acclaim for numerous world premieres. The Chorus has recorded, been nationally broadcast and internationally televised, performed as part of a motion picture soundtrack, and has performed for presidential inaugurations and to honor world leaders.