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Marriage Figaro

Washington National Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Sep 28 - 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. Oct. 1 is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist performance.

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The Kennedy Center

Folger Consort presents Measure + Dido: Shakespeare's Play in concert with Purcell's Opera

Sat, Oct 1, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Folger Consort celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert that pairs the music of Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas with timeless passages from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

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Lawrence Broadlee

Renée Fleming VOICES: Lawrence Brownlee

Tue, Oct 18, 2016, 7:30 PM

Hailed by the Associated Press as "one of the world's leading bel canto tenors," Lawrence Brownlee returns to the Kennedy Center ahead of his performance in Washington National Opera's The Daughter of the Regiment for an intimate concert as a part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series.

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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 semi-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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