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Francesca Zambello (Photo by Scott Suchman)

Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello is the Artistic Director of Washington National Opera. Previously she has served as its Artistic Advisor. 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), and Show Boat (2013). Since September 2010 she has also been the Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York.An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Zambello's work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, Munich State Opera, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and English National Opera.

Video and Audio

Washington National Opera - 2014-2015 Season Annoucement

Francesca Zambello presents the 2014-2015 Washington National Opera season.

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.

AUDIO PREVIEW: The Force of Destiny

Zambello hosts this audio preview of Verdi’s The Force of Destiny, which opens October 12 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Musical excerpts courtesy of EMI Classics.

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