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Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas, part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Washington National Opera

Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. This season's distinguished mentors include composer Jake Heggie, composer and librettist Gene Scheer, and conductor Steven Osgood.

Price

$19 - $35

Run Time

Approx. 1 hour

About

Catch a glimpse into the future of opera!

Three New 20-Minute Operas

Jan. 12 (2019), Two shows in the Terrace Theater

Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team.

“Short-form chamber opera appears to be the wave of operatic future,” said the Washington Post about our 2015 world premiere presentations. “The young members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program did themselves proud.”

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MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE FESTIVAL
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WNO’s acclaimed commissioning program for contemporary American opera enters its seventh exciting season, once again featuring four world premieres across a single weekendOur Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and other talented performers will be featured throughout the festival, guided by program director Robert Ainsley. Award-winning composer Jake Heggie, acclaimed composer and librettist Gene Scheer, and renowned conductor Steven Osgood will be the mentors for the 2018–2019 AOI 20 Minute Operas. Complete casts and creative teams to be announced at a later date.

“WNO’s American Opera Initiative is an exciting and positive leap forward in the trajectory of American opera: keeping it fresh, energized, bold, and current.”
—Jake Heggie


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MORE ABOUT THE DOMINGO-CAFRITZ YOUNG ARTISTS
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Founded by Plácido Domingo in 2002 and currently guided by Robert Ainsley, this leading resident-training program cultivates promising young singers and accompanists on the verge of international careers, with many graduates going on to perform in the world’s top opera houses.

Acclaimed bass-baritone Alan Held will be the 2018–2019 Artist-in-Residence for the Domingo- Cafritz Young Artist Program. His expert mentorship will include leading individual coaching sessions, presenting group classes on a variety of repertoire, and hosting career roundtable discussions.
Throughout their training, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists are featured prominently in WNO performances.

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POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
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Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Three 20-Minute Operas Talkback Dates:
Sat., Jan. 12; following the 9 p.m. performance only

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