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September 8, 2008

Washington National Opera says 'Play Verdi'

Opera-in-the-Outfield_FINAL%5B1%5D.jpgThree years after launching annual outdoor simulcasts on the National Mall, Washington National Opera is about to move on up -- to the ballpark. While the usual well-connected and more or less well-dressed crowd will be packing the Kennedy Center Opera House Saturday night for the season-opening performance of Verdi's La traviata, thousands more are expected to pour into Nationals Park and watch a simulcast of that performance for free. The cast is headed by soprano Elizabeth Futral as Violetta and tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Alfredo. Dan Ettinger conducts. Marta Doming (wife of Washington National's general director Placido Domingo) directs. The performance is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capital St., S.E. Gates will open at 5:30.  

The opera company is collaborating with Target, Rolex, the Washington Nationals and D.C.'s Metro system on the venture.  

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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