Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program



Biography

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is unique in guiding young singers, coach/accompanists, conductors, and stage directors on the verge of international careers.  The Program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and drama coaches, and offers voice lessons, language classes; career guidance and master classes from staff and guest artists. The Young Artists also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles on the main stage of Washington National Opera.

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists have performed at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the White House, the Kennedy Center, the US Senate, Strathmore Hall, The Smithsonian Institution, The Wilson Center, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and numerous embassies. They have also performed in concert with Maestro Domingo in Beijing.

Each season, the Young Artists sing a fully staged performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House. In 2009, they presented Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Plácido Domingo and in 2010 they presented Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro on May 6, 2010.

Graduates of the Program have gone on to successful careers including performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Weill Recital Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Canterbury Opera in New Zealand, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Opéra de Monte-Carlo, among others.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/20/2015: Washington National Opera 2015–2016 Season Preview

Members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other special guests perform songs to preview the upcoming season.

Video 5/8/2015: Washington National Opera Preview: Cinderella

Members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program perform selections from the upcoming production of Rossini’s Cinderella with Ken Weiss as host.

Video 12/12/2014: Target Family Night: Washington National Opera preview of The Little Prince

WNO gives audiences a preview of the holiday family opera The Little Prince, “a magical opera” based on the original storybook written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Relive its joy and wonder in Rachel Portman’s “enchanting opera…satisfying to child and adult alike” (Financial Times).

Video 10/23/2014: Washington National Opera presents Highlights from La bohème

Enjoy a free preview of musical highlights from La bohème, featuring members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists from the WNO production in the Opera House this November.

Video 5/14/2014: WNO Season Preview Concert

The WNO presents highlights from its 2014–2015 season, featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the WNO Orchestra, and special guest artists performing selections from La bohème, Cinderella, The Flying Dutchman, Florencia in the Amazon, and Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Video 5/5/2014: Washington National Opera Preview: The Magic Flute

Enjoy musical highlights from Mozart’s The Magic Flute sung by members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists from the production.

Video 3/15/2014: WNO: Elixir of Love Preview

Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists present a musical preview of the upcoming production.

Video 2/14/2014: WNO: Moby-Dick Preview

Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists present a musical preview of the upcoming production.

Video 12/2/2013: Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Members of the Young Artist Program present a preview of musical highlights from the world premiere of the holiday family opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.

Video 11/22/2013: WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program / Afro Blue

As part of the Kennedy Center festival American Voices, hosted by Renée Fleming, the Millennium Stage offers a classical music performance featuring members of the WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and a jazz performance by Howard University’s premier jazz vocal group Afro Blue, under the direction of Connaitre Miller.

Video 10/10/2013: Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Members of the Young Artist Program celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday with popular selections from his repertory.

Video 10/3/2013: Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

The 2013-2014 members of the Young Artist Program perform well-known arias.

Video 5/15/2013: WNO Season Preview Concert

WNO presents highlights from its 2013–2014 season, featuring main stage artists, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.

 

Video 5/4/2013: Opera Insight: Show Boat

Enjoy an hour-long preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production.

Video 3/18/2013: Washington National Opera Singer Showcase

Join WNO main stage artists and members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program as they offer an “up close and personal” performance featuring an assortment of arias and ensembles.

Video 2/5/2013: Washington National Opera Insight: Manon Lescaut and Norma

Members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program perform musical highlights from WNO’s forthcoming productions of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Bellini’s Norma.

Video 1/30/2013: Voices Beyond Opera

Members of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program team up with music director, conductor, and pianist Luke Frazier to present an evening of works from musical theater to jazz.

Video 12/8/2012: Target Family Night: Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists: Hansel and Gretel Preview

This performance highlights selections from WNO’s upcoming new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Video 11/6/2012: Capital One Community Night: Election Night Jam with Jason Moran and The Bandwagon with special guests

Spend Election Night with us, complete with large-screen monitoring of the election results. American music abounds with Moran, fiddler Tad Marks, guitarist Zan McLeod, opera vocalists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and others.

Video 5/4/2012: Opera Insight: Nabucco and Werther

Enjoy a preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Nabucco (D.C. Premiere) in addition to Massenet’s Werther, featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Video 10/31/2011: Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

This program features emerging singers and pianists on the verge of international careers.

Video 9/10/2011: Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Participants of this WNO program perform scenes from popular operas.

Video 10/31/2010: The Washington National Opera's Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

Emerging singers and pianists on the verge of professional careers present a program of opera, operetta, and zarzuela, capping off Washington National Opera’s citywide celebration of National Opera Week.

Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program