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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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7 events
4 reviews
3 stars
The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
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3 events
1 review
8 stars
They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
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"Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)"
45 ratings
4.2 average rating
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2 events
2 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 14 2010

The opera was as good as the WPost review--- some wonderful moments but set and production mediocre.

What was outstanding, unfortunately, about the evening was that it was being filmed for later re-broadcast at Nationals Ballpark. The female...continued

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3 reviews
8 stars
attended Sep 17 2010

Certainly good performers but not the calibre I had been led to believe by KenCen propoganda. Shame on me. Sets and costumes were a terrible disappointment, upscale high school quality at best.

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60 events
8 reviews
25 stars
attended Sep 11 2010

How can one not love living to an evening's worth of Verdi? However, the performers were underwhelming and the sets so minimal and poorly conceived as to be embarrasing.

Much better to put on a concert version and charge $120 (instead of $240)...continued

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Verdi’s powerful story of forbidden love, betrayal, and revenge promises to keep audiences enthralled. Soaring arias, gorgeous ensembles, fabulous costumes and lavish sets bring this sinister masked ball to life. 

The all-star cast includes tenors Salvatore Licitra and Frank Porretta, who share the role of the ebullient and passionate King Gustavus III. Sopranos Tamara Wilson and Susan Neves portray the innocent wife Amelia with Luca Salsi and Timothy Mix sharing the role of Count Anckarström, her betrayed husband and Gustavus’ trusted friend. Mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina sings the pivotal role of the fortune teller Mam’zelle Arvidson. Conductor Daniele Callegari and director James Robinson make their WNO debuts in this stunning production from Opera Colorado.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington National Opera

As the resident opera company of the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera (WNO) draws on a rich history to offer high-quality grand opera featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Additionally, WNO serves as a vital resource throughout the Washington metro area, bringing opera to a broad public through its award-winning education and community programs.