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The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me (Illustrated by Rosalind MacCurrach, 2009. Reproduced with the permission of Scholastic Ltd. All Rights Reserved)

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

Most everyone knows the story of the Nativity, but probably not from the donkey's point of view! WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brings this award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming, world premiere holiday family opera.

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Jeanine Tesori's
The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me
World Premiere Holiday Family Opera
 
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Libretto by J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy
Based upon the book by Jeanette Winterson
New production
 
Most everyone knows the story of the Nativity, but probably not from the donkey's point of view! As the world's first Christmas nears, an angel is conducting an important interview: who among all the animals can lead Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem? Will it be Lion, fearsome ruler of the jungle? Or might it be Unicorn, graceful steed to lovely maidens? It's certainly not Donkey, whose only humble gift is a small but sturdy back. But with the birth of a very special king on the horizon, and one bright star blazing the way to a crowded inn, Donkey soon discovers that miracles can happen anywhere--even right in front of his nose.
 
British author Jeanette Winterson's award-winning children's book comes to vibrant life in a world premiere production by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, conducted by Kimberly Grigsby with the WNO Orchestra, and starring Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and other rising stars. Following last holiday season's sold-out engagement of Hansel and Gretel, be sure to see this original, heartwarming family opera, certain to become an instant classic. 
 
"[Winterson's book is] full of humour, but with an evident sense of wonder"
--The Guardian
 
Conductor: Kimberly Grigsby
Director: Francesca Zambello

Performed in English.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

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STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A ON THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME
Following this performance:
Saturday evening, December 14
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
The discussion begins immediately after the performance and is free with your ticket.

MEET CAST MEMBERS IN COSTUME
Following these performances:
Saturday matinee, December 21 and Sunday matinee, December 22
Take pictures with the artists in the North Atrium Foyer and enjoy holiday goodies (hot chocolate, coffee, gingerbread cookies) that will be available for purchase outside the Terrace Theater.

Artists

Watch and Listen

Making of Opera: The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me - Costumes and Puppets

Go behind the scenes with Washington National Opera's costume shop as Costume/Puppet Designer Erik Teague and the WNO craft artisans create the costumes and puppets for WNO's world premiere holiday family opera.
All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

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