Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2016
A woman raised by soldiers must convince her "fathers" to let her marry a peasant--just as a mysterious Marquise comes to whisk her away to become a proper lady. Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee star in Donizetti's opéra comique.
Jan 13 - Jan 15, 2017
In the world premiere of this bitingly satirical work, the wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans how she must now answer for the atrocities committed by her husband, who cowers in the bathroom as the country falls apart.
Sat, Jan 14
The world premiere of three short operas--this year focusing on themes and values related to the Kennedy Center's centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy--will be semi-staged in a concert performance, accompanied by members of the WNO Orchestra.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 5:30 PM
Join Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello along with other members of the creative team of Dead Man Walking and Champion, for a discussion about bringing these two new WNO productions to the stage.
Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2017
Jake Heggie's instant modern classic--about a death row inmate convicted for murder and the kindhearted nun who takes on his final appeal--becomes a searing emotional journey powered by an unforgettable score infused with American popular styles.
Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2017
The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."
Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 7:30 PM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins WNO Artistic Director and host Francesca Zambello for a fascinating discussion of the legal issues presented by famous arias and scenes from operas, as sung by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists.
Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni: A semi-staged concert event starring the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 7:30 PM
For this season's showcase of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists, WNO presents a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart's timeless drama--with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie and featuring direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.
Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
The superstar mezzo-soprano sings the title role in a concert version of the passionate Italian opera. She "confirms her reputation as the finest Handelian mezzo-soprano of the day with a magnificent princely reading" (London's Daily Telegraph).
May 6 - May 21, 2017
In this eye-popping staging of Puccini's immortal tragedy, a dashing American naval officer chooses a naïve young geisha to be his bride, only to betray her--leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera.