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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
Parking is too expensive for this venue. Better - Metro and shuttle. even if you have to leave earlier since the Metro is so unreliable these days.
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
The weather was getting cold! but the shuttle took care of that problem!. I wore dressy - not formal. Many people were dressed up festive etc. .
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39 events
25 reviews
23 stars
attended Jun 01 2010

Wonderful evening. Spectacular set design and sumptuous costumes made the opera a visual treat. Agree with other reviewers that Samuel Ramey's voice was not great - warbly and gravelly. The lead baritone Liam Bonner was wonderful and had great...continued

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30 events
6 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 01 2010

A very interesting production with a very effective set. Good singing all around except for the sadly over-the-hill Samuel Ramey. For us the best singing was from the lovely Elizabeth Futral as Ophelia.

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50 events
29 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 04 2010

singing and acting and music were excellent

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Composed by Ambroise Thomas

Libretto by Michele Carré and

Jules Barbier

Company Premiere

Production from Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Sung in French with English supertitles

Ambroise Thomas’ musically and dramatically virtuosic adaptation of the classic story follows Hamlet in his pursuit to avenge his father’s murder.  Known for Ophelia’s hauntingly beautiful mad scene, “À vos jeux, mes amis,” this dazzling production by Thaddeus Strassberger brings Shakespeare’s famous play to life.  The opera is conducted by WNO’s General Director Plácido Domingo and Patrick Fournillier.

The running time for this production is approximately three hours and five minutes including one 20-minute intermission.