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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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Reviews & Ratings

"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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21 events
3 reviews
9 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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65 events
9 reviews
29 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.