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About the Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera Chorus

The members of the Washington National Opera Chorus are some of the finest singers in the Mid-Atlantic area. The company draws from an established pool of about 100 very talented singers to meet the needs of each production. Many WNO choristers have solo careers in oratorio and opera outside of the company locally, regionally, and nationally. Several members have been hired to sing small roles and even principal roles with WNO. Since the inception of The Opera Society of Washington to today, the chorus has been led by Paul Calloway, Norman Scribner, William Huckaby, Randolph Mauldin, Stephen Crout, Alan Nathan and since 1997, Steven Gathman.

They have collaborated with conductors Julius Rudel, John Mauceri, Cal Stewart Kellogg, Music Director Emeritus Heinz Fricke, current Music Director Philipp Auguin, Plácido Domingo, Emmanuel Villaume and various others. There have been many memorable collaborations with stage directors such as Frank Corsaro, Bliss Hebert, Gian Carlo Menotti, Sonja Frisell, Stephen Lawless, Marta Domingo, Paolo Miccichè and current Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

The chorus sings in seven languages: English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Czech. It has also garnered sterling reviews from the local and national press.

Chorus Auditions

Auditions for the Washington National Opera Chorus occur every winter at the WNO Studio in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC.

For more information on auditions for the WNO Chorus and how to schedule an appointment, please click here.

Washington National Opera Chorus Roster

Spencer Adamson
Alex Alburqueque
Amy Allen
Jennifer Royall Anderson
Tim Augustin
James S. Bailey
Ruth Bailis
Shawnee Ball
Marta Kirilloff Barber
Lisa Berger
Michael Bicoy
J Austin Bitner
Alex Bodenham
John Boulanger
Jason Buckwalter
Peter Burroughs
Serena Canino
Robert Cantrell
Anamer Castrello
Eduardo Castro
Adam Caughey
Suzanne S. Chadwick
Alexandra Christoforakis
William Commins
Patrick Cook
Keith Craig
Tad Czyzewski
Jihanna Charlton-Davis
Louis Davis, Jr.
Aurelio Dominguez
Douglas S. Dykstra
Paul Edson
Kyle Engler
Andrew Etherington
Harvey D. Fort
Elizabeth W. Freeman
Gene Galvin
J. Alan Garcia
Vijay Ghosh
Grace Gori
Madeleine Gray
Denise Gulley
Jason Hentrich
Richard C. Hoffheins, Jr.
Jonathan Hoffman
Kurt B. Hoffman
Joshua Hong
Nicholas Houhoulis
Patricia Hussey
Leah Inger
Annadaire Ingram
Jennifer Jellings
Wayne Jennings
William Jones
James Joo
Jin Won Jung
Katie Katinas
Katherine Keem
Dong Keon Kim
Linda Kirk
Eunseo Koo
Anna Korsakova
Michelle Kunz
Jarrod Lee
Jason Lee
Young Joo Lee
Tricia Lepofsky
Joyce Lundy
Samantha McElhaney
Andrew McLaughlin
Matthew Joseph Minor
David B. Morris
Seong Won Nam
Matthew Osifchin
Simone Paulwell
Keith H. Pennick
Sean Pflueger
Vito Pietanza
Patricia Portillo
David Prager
Angela K. Pregano
Alizon Reggioli
Teresa Reid
Frederic Rey
Christopher Douglas Rhodovi
Norwood Robinson
José Sacin
Andrew Sauvageau
James Shaffran
Pamela Thérèse Simonson
Anne Brodeur Sommers
Margaret Stricklett
Michael Talley
Anthony Torchia
Alia Waheed
John Weber
Adrienne Webster
Kevin Wetzel
Justin T. Wilson
Laura Zuiderveen