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American Opera Initiative (AOI) Festival

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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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