APPROACHING ALI– Washington National Opera’s new work about America’s great prizefighter Mohammed Ali.
Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre
In this premiere performance of Approaching Ali, this hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter’s transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Approaching Ali features Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Soloman Howard (Joe in Show Boat) as Muhammad Ali, David Kravitz as Davis Miller, Aundi Marie Moore as Odessa Clay, and Ethan McKelvain as Young Davis. The opera will be performed with a chamber orchestra conducted by Steven Jarvi, and receive a complete staging by director Nicole Watson and a design team with mentorship provided by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.
1. What is this production trying to achieve?
2. Was it successful?
3. Is the thing that it succeeded or failed at something that’s worth doing at all?