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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 seems to be cowering in the bathroom as the country falls apart.

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

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The Making of Dead Man Walking and Champion

The Making of Dead Man Walking and Champion

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.

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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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Opera House Backstage Tour

Washington National Opera: Backstage Tours

Mar 3 - May 19, 2017

Beginning one hour before select WNO Opera House performances in the 16/17 season, a WNO staff member will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production.

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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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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.

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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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