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Francesca Zambello (Photo by Scott Suchman)

Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera. She has directed many WNO productions, including Of Mice and Men (debut in 2001), Fidelio (2003), Die Walküre (2003 and 2007), Billy Budd (2004), Porgy and Bess (2005 and 2010), Das Rheingold (2006), Siegfried (2009), Salome (2010), Show Boat (2013), The Force of Destiny (2013), and the world premiere children's opera The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me (2013). Since September 2010 she has also been the Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival in Central New York. An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, her work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, Munich State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and English National Opera. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, BAM, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna's Raimund Theater, the Bregenz Festival, Sydney Festival, Disneyland, and Berlin's Theater des Westens.

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Portrait Series: Francesca Zambello

An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center.

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.

Show Boat: Creating the Vision - 1/4 (Overview)


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