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Washington National Opera: Otello

Oct 26 – Nov 16, 2019

Verdi’s epic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy traces the collapse of a great hero. As Iago manipulates Otello, the general will confront his deadliest enemy: his jealous heart.

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Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

Nov 2 – 23, 2019

Mozart meets Maurice Sendak and a little magic! This enchanting quest for love and truth features a whimsical production designed by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Joyce DiDonato

Nov 8 – 9, 2019

"In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"
One of opera's most outspoken and impassioned personalities, multi-Grammy Award®–winner Joyce DiDonato presents music from her new album In War & Peace - Harmony through Music. This new selection of arias from Handel and Purcell, among other great opera masters, conveys how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature and the eternal search for serenity. Join DiDonato on this unique and timely journey with prize-winning orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Tristan and Isolde—Act II with Gould and Goerke

Nov 13 – 15, 2019

Don’t miss your first chance to witness Noseda, one of the world’s leading opera conductors, and the NSO perform the stunning music from Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s story of young lovers undone. A revolutionary work demanding singers of herculean vocal power, Act II of Tristan and Isolde features two masters of Wagnerian repertoire: Stephen Gould, one of today’s most sought-after heroic tenors, and Christine Goerke, who “brings a cool, focused voice, abundant power, chilling top notes and, in moments of doubt, anguished beauty to her singing” (The New York Times).

On Sale 7/16/2019


Family Look-In: The Magic Flute

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

See how opera comes to life! In this introduction to opera designed for children and families, audience members will experience excerpts from The Magic Flute along with insight into behind-the-scene aspects. Ages 5+

On Sale 7/16/2019


Washington National Opera: 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Soloman Howard in Concert

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

This year’s winner, Soloman Howard, is praised for his “sonorous” (The New York Times) and “superhuman” (The Denver Post) bass.

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WNO: American Opera Initiative: Three New 20-Minute Operas

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

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 Laura Kaminsky, librettist Kelley Rourke, and conductor Anne Manson.

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WORLD STAGES—The Clemency of Titus (with Havana Lyceum Orchestra)

Feb 13 – 15, 2020

After stand-out performances at the Kennedy Center’s Artes de Cuba festival in 2018, the multi-award-winning Havana Lyceum Orchestra and one of Latin America’s most cutting-edge theater directors Carlos Diaz join forces for a Cuban adaptation of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito.

On Sale 9/12/2019


Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni

Feb 29 – Mar 22, 2020

A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart’s celebrated tragicomedy. He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

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Washington National Opera: Samson and Delilah

Mar 1 – 21, 2020

Seduction and deceit tangle in Saint-Saëns’s sensual grand opera. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.

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Washington National Opera: Blue

Mar 15 – 28, 2020

In the D.C. premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s new contemporary opera, a family struggles when their teenager is shot by police.

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Washington National Opera: Porgy and Bess

May 9 – 23, 2020

Gershwin’s quintessential American masterpiece melds jazz, folk, and gospel styles. Bess finds herself torn between steadfast love and the dark demons that tug her elsewhere.

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Opera Master Class with Denyce Graves

Tue, May 12, 2020

Emerging artists hone their craft under the guidance of mezzo-soprano and D.C. native Denyce Graves, who is recognized as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century” (USA Today).