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Washington National Opera: Opera in the Outfield®, presented by Mars, Incorporated—The Barber of Seville

Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 7:00 PM

Celebrate the 11th season of free opera broadcasts by joining Washington National Opera at Nationals Park for Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Gates open at 5 p.m. for pre-opera activities.


Guided Rehearsal: La traviata

Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 7:00 PM

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

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Washington National Opera: 2018 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Ryan Speedo Green in Concert

Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 7:30 PM

This year’s winner, Ryan Speedo Green, has been named by the New York Times as a “scene-stealing bass-baritone with a robust voice.”

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Washington National Opera: La traviata

Oct 6 - Oct 21, 2018

Violetta delights in high-class pleasures, but she is secretly dying. Will she know true love before death claims her? We launch the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.
Note: Artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program star in the Friday, Oct. 19 performance of La traviata. Please see additional details below.

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Washington National Opera: Silent Night

Nov 10 - Nov 25, 2018

On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.

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Opera Master Class with Francesca Zambello

Mon, Nov 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

Observe the WNO Artistic Director, an internationally acclaimed director of theater and opera, as she leads this master class for pre-professional singers.

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Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.

 

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Washington National Opera: Taking Up Serpents, a New Hour-Long Opera, part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Jan 11 - Jan 13, 2019

This world premiere is the story of 25-year-old Kayla, the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront her troubled upbringing.

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Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas, part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Sat, Jan 12

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 Jake Heggie, composer and librettist Gene Scheer, and conductor Steven Osgood.

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Guided Rehearsal: Eugene Onegin

Thu, Feb 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

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Guided Rehearsal: Faust

Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 7:00 PM

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

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Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin

Mar 9 - Mar 29, 2019

Time shifts desires—and one man will regret his choice—in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel. More than 30 years have passed since WNO last staged this dramatic tale of rejection and remorse, and now a visually stunning production marks its return.

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Washington National Opera: Faust

Mar 16 - Mar 30, 2019

A deal with the devil goes awry in Gounod’s captivating tragedy. The aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures. But along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust will realize his salvation is devastatingly bound to others.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Jamie Barton

Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

Noted for her “imperturbable steadiness of tone” (The Guardian), Grammy®-nominated mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton shares her radiant vocals, accompanied by pianist Kathleen Kelly.

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Washington National Opera: Tosca

May 11 - May 25, 2019

Love gets political in Puccini’s striking drama set against 19th-century Rome. Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive.

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Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program: A Concert of Comic Masterpieces

Fri, May 24, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program presents one lively night of comic chaos, featuring works from beloved operatic comedies.

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