Washington's own Opera Lafayette makes its Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater debut Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 with Felicien David's 19th Century "orientalist" opera, Lalla Roukh. This multicultural collaboration features the Kalanidhi Dance company directed by Anuradha Nehru and costumes by Indian fashion designer Poonam Bhagat. The cast includes Marianne Fiset in the title role, Emiliano Gonzales Toro as Noureddin, Nathalie Paulin, Bernard Deletre, David Newman and Andrew Adelsberger, with the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus. Nicole Lacroix spoke to Opera Lafayette's conductor and artistic director, Ryan Brown about this little known gem of an opera and its superbly romantic music.
Historian Garrett Peck discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital. D.C.'s beer heritage dates back to 1770 and claims some very innovative brewers.Watch now →
Inspired by the film Latino Americans, we decided to seek out a local perspective on the Latino experience in our community with our weta.org Digital Extras. Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.Watch now →