This season, the Washington, DC-area will enjoy a wide range of offerings of Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein’s music. For both long-time fans and first-time audiences, the '15-'16 season promises something for everyone.
The year kicks off with four performances of The Threepenny Opera
, in the well-known English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, at American University, October 15-24. This is followed closely by Street Scene
at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, November 13-15.
At the center of the season is Washington National Opera
’s production of Lost in the Stars
, a revival of director Tazewell Thompson’s 2012 Glimmerglass Opera production. Eric Owens, current artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, reprises his turn in the lead role of Stephen Kumalo. Also returning from the Glimmerglass production is tenor Sean Pannikar as The Leader. Lauren Michelle, winner of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition, makes her WNO debut as Irina. John DeMain conducts. Lost in the Stars
runs at the Kennedy Center February 12 through 20.
Later in spring 2016, Blitzstein’s rarely heard Regina
runs at the University of Maryland, College Park for four performances, April 8-16, with Craig Kier conducting. The season wraps up with concert performances of The Seven Deadly Sins
at the National Symphony Orchestra
, April 28-30, under the baton of James Gaffigan and with Storm Large as Anna I. A complete performance listing is available on the KWF performance calendar