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WNO Fearless

Exhibition and Photography Series: Fearless Project by Jeff Sheng

Feb 23 - Mar 19, 2017

The Fearless Project is an exhibition and photography series by Jeff Sheng that features the portraits of over 200 LGBT student athletes in the United States and Canada.


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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Don Giovanni

Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni: A new stage production 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 staged performance of Mozart's timeless drama featuring engaging set and costume design elements--with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie and direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

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The Kennedy Center

Jun Kaneko Exhibition

Apr 17 - May 22, 2017

Japanese American visual artist and painter Jun Kaneko brings an exhibition of ceramic sculptures to the Hall of Nations this April and May.


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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WNO Aida

Washington National Opera: Aida

Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2017

The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.


WNO Alcina

Washington National Opera: Alcina

Nov 4 - Nov 19, 2017

Welcome to the island of illusions--where a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction is about to fall prey to the enchantment of love. This new production is WNO's first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every role.


WNO Young Artist Alcina

Washington National Opera: The Domingo Cafritz Young Artists starring in Alcina

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 7:00 PM

For one performance only, WNO's talented Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists take over all of the lead roles in Handel's spellbinding opera about an island sorceress whose powers of seduction are put to the test by true love.


The Little Prince

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.


Proving Up AOI Hourlong Opera

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

Jan 19 - Jan 21, 2018

A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this world premiere opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek (Opera Philadelphia's huge success story Breaking the Waves) based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.


AOI 20 minute operas

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

Sat, Jan 20

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 Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell, and conductor George Manahan.


WNO Marian Anderson

2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: John Holiday in Recital

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."


WNO Don Carlo

Washington National Opera: Don Carlo

Mar 3 - Mar 17, 2018

Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production.


WNO Barber of Seville

Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Apr 28 - May 19, 2018

"Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.


WNO Candide

Washington National Opera: Candide

May 5 - May 26, 2018

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay."

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