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October 1, 2009

Free tickets to Washington Opera's 'Ariadne'

(UPDATE: Whoops. That's noon Thursday, 10-1. I wrote Friday originally, because that's where my head was. Also, the Free Night link is the one to us. The site seemed to be having trouble at 12:25 p.m., perhaps because of volume. It should be up before long. And note that Washington National is the only opera company participating in Free Night of Theater.) 

 Cool. Washington National Opera is participating in the nationwide "Free Night of Theater 2009" project, offering gratis tickets to its production of a fab work by Strauss, "Ariadne auf Naxos."

Five performances, between Oct. 28 and Nov. 13, are included in the give-away, which happens at noon Thursday, Oct. 1. As far as I can tell, the tickets will be made available through the Free Night site. (I couldn't find a ticket link there when I checked early Thursday, but maybe something kicks in at noon. I'll update this post if/when I get more specific info.) 

By the way, quite a few theaters are participating in the program, both in DC and Baltimore. So if you miss out on the opera freebies, you might pick up a play on the rebound.  


Posted by Tim Smith at 9:46 AM | | Comments (1)


Oct. 1 is today, and it's not friday. What day do you mean?

Sorry about that. I meant Thursday the 1st. We're not allowed to write "today" or "yesterday" or "tomorrow" here at the Sun -- don't ask me why -- and that makes me more confused than usual when I have to deal with dates. TS

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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.

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