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2015-2016 Season

  • Feb. 12 - 20, 2016

    Following his turn as WNO's The Flying Dutchman, renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens stars in Kurt Weill's final work for the stage, a gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton's classic 1948 novel Cry, the Beloved Country.

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  • Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 7:00 PM

    Following her WNO debut in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Leah Crocetto returns for an intimate evening of stories and song. The rising star soprano "has revealed herself as a major operatic star" (The San Francisco Chronicle).

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  • The Kennedy Center



  • Sun., Apr. 24, 2016, 4:00 PM

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts WNO cast and creative team members in a discussion of women's roles in Wagner's Ring Cycle operas.



  • Apr. 30 - May 17, 2016

    Before every performance in each Cycle, join Ring experts on the North Millennium Stage for an opportunity to delve further into each opera. Free, no tickets required.



  • Apr. 30 - May 17, 2016

    The epic story of the Ring begins on the banks of the Rhine, where three maidens guard the river's magical gold. If forged into a ring, this sacred treasure gives its bearer unimaginable abilities--but at the cost of renouncing love forever.

    On Sale 2/22/16



  • May 2 - 18, 2016

    Before every performance in each Cycle, join Ring experts on the North Millennium Stage for an opportunity to delve further into each opera. Free, no tickets required.



  • May 2 - 18, 2016

    In the Ring's second chapter, the offspring of Wotan, king of the gods, boldly test his will. Siegmund is attracted to his sister Sieglinde, while Brünnhilde is torn between obeying orders and preventing Siegmund's demise.

    On Sale 2/22/16



  • Tue., May 3, 2016, 10:30 AM

    In this full-day sequence of lectures, Ring experts and distinguished guests will take you through the music and history of Wagner's epic saga and how WNO has brought it to life on stage. Boxed lunch included.

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  • The Kennedy Center

    Tue., May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM

    The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists continue their annual tradition with scenes and arias from favorite operas with piano accompaniment.

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  • May 4 - 20, 2016

    Before every performance in each Cycle, join Ring experts on the North Millennium Stage for an opportunity to delve further into each opera. Free, no tickets required.



  • May 4 - 20, 2016

    The third opera in the Ring Cycle is a coming-of-age story at heart. Raised in the wilderness, Wotan's grandchild Siegfried sets out to escape his wicked caretaker, slay a fearsome dragon, and rescue the beautiful Brünnhilde.

    On Sale 2/22/16



  • May 6 - 22, 2016

    Before every performance in each Cycle, join Ring experts on the North Millennium Stage for an opportunity to delve further into each opera. Free, no tickets required.



  • May 6 - 22, 2016

    The Ring reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of betrayal and sacrifice, destruction and renewal. Siegfried is tricked into abandoning Brünnhilde, who makes one final, shocking choice to restore the universe to its natural order.

    On Sale 2/22/16



  • Fri., May 6, 2016, 10:15 PM

    Immediately after you've completed Wagner's epic Ring Cycle with Twilight of the Gods, stay at the Kennedy Center for an engaging moderated discussion. Each talk-back is a free event; all Ring Cycle performances are ticketed.



  • Thu., May 12, 2016, 10:30 AM

    In this full-day sequence of lectures, Ring experts and distinguished guests will take you through the music and history of Wagner's epic saga and how WNO has brought it to life on stage. Boxed lunch included.

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  • Sun., May 15, 2016, 6:30 PM

    Immediately after you've completed Wagner's epic Ring Cycle with Twilight of the Gods, stay at the Kennedy Center for an engaging moderated discussion. Each talk-back is a free event; all Ring Cycle performances are ticketed.



  • Mon., May 16, 2016, 5:30 PM

    A festive dinner cruise aboard Nina's Dandy, sponsored by the Wagner Society of Washington, celebrates WNO's opera performances of Wagner's Ring and members of the cast.



  • Thu., May 19, 2016, 10:30 AM

    In this full-day sequence of lectures, Ring experts and distinguished guests will take you through the music and history of Wagner's epic saga and how WNO has brought it to life on stage. Boxed lunch included.

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All programs are subject to change.