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NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Wolf Trap Opera: La Bohème

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.


Janai Brugger

Janai Brugger in Recital (2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner)

Thu, Sep 8, 2016, 7:30 PM

Gifted young soprano Janai Brugger, recently named by Opera News as one of its top 25 "brilliant young artists," performs in recital after winning this Kennedy Center award named after the groundbreaking African American contralto.

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The Marriage of Figaro

Washington National Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Sep 22 - Oct 2, 2016

The barber of Seville is getting hitched--and it's a day of madness in the palace! Mozart's comic masterpiece comes to life through enchanting music and absurd mix-ups in a charming exploration of the perils of temptation and the triumph of love.

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M&M'S Opera in the Outfield

Washington National Opera: M&M'S Opera in the Outfield Simulcast: The Marriage of Figaro

Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 7:00 PM

Free, no tickets required! Bring your entire family to celebrate the ninth season of free live opera broadcasts and fun pre-opera activities at Nationals Park by joining WNO for Mozart's bubbly comic masterpiece.



Daughter of the Regiment

Washington National Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment

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.

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The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: The Dictator's Wife

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.

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The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

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 staged in a concert performance, accompanied by members of the WNO Orchestra.

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Dead Man Walking

Washington National Opera: Dead Man Walking

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.

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Washington National Opera: Champion

Washington National Opera: Champion

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."

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington National Opera: Justice at the Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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.

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The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

Washington National Opera: Stars of Tomorrow: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in Concert

Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists continue their annual tradition with a concert of scenes and arias from favorite operas.

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Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato in Handel's Ariodante in Concert, with The English Concert

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).

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Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

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.

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