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  •  Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera: Penny

    Jan. 23 - 24, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    The young composer/librettist team of Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg (AOI's 20-minute A Game of Hearts) was selected to create this season's hour-long world premiere, about a woman with a disability who discovers her talent for vocal music.

  •  Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Little Prince

    Dec. 19 - 21, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    For its annual family holiday production, WNO brings to life all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's storybook in Oscar winner Rachel Portman's "enchanting opera…satisfying to child and adult alike" (Financial Times).

  •  Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

    Fri., Nov. 21, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Three new 20-minute operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative team.

  •  Washington National Opera: La bohème

    Nov. 1 - 15, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.

  •  Washington National Opera: Florencia in the Amazon

    Sep. 20 - 28, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous singer on an enchanted riverboat journey in a "visually stunning" (Seattle Times) production of Daniel Catán's Spanish-language opera inspired by the writing of Gabriel García Márquez.

  •  Washington National Opera: An Evening with Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez

    Wed., Sep. 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Get up close and personal with two of today's most exciting young singers: husband and wife duo, frequent co-stars (including WNO's The Elixir of Love), and Richard Tucker Award winners Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez.

  • The Kennedy Center Washington National Opera: 2014-2015 Season Preview Concert

    Wed., May 14, 2014, 6:00 PM
    2014-2015 Season
    Sample WNO's 2014–2015 season in a free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.

  •  Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: An American Soldier

    Jun. 13 - 14, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    The second season of the American Opera Initiative continues with An American Soldier, an hour-long, world premiere opera composed by Huang Ruo with a libretto by David Henry Hwang.

  •  Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

    May 3 - 18, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    A love-struck prince sets out on a fantastic adventure to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter in Mozart's final opera. This "zesty and imaginative new production" (San Francisco Chronicle) is certain to captivate audiences of all ages.

  •  Washington National Opera: M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield Simulcast: The Magic Flute

    Sat., May 3, 2014, 7:00 PM
    2013-2014 Season
    Enjoy a free live broadcast of Washington National Opera's The Magic Flute at Nationals Park. Arrive early for pre-show entertainment and activities!

  •  Washington National Opera: An Evening with Paul Appleby and Joshua Hopkins, in Recital

    Sun., Apr. 6, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2013-2014 Season
    Get up close and personal with American tenor Paul Appleby and Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins before they make their WNO debuts in Mozart's The Magic Flute! Together with piano accompaniment, they offer a delightful evening of stories and song.

  •  Washington National Opera: The Elixir of Love

    Mar. 20 - 29, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Handsome Nemorino employs a "magical tonic" to win feisty Adina's affections in Donizetti's loveable comic opera--a warm and inspired masterpiece cherished for its whimsical wit, endearing characters, beautiful arias, and intoxicating duets.

  •  Washington National Opera: Stars of Tomorrow: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in Concert

    Thu., Feb. 27, 2014, 7:30 PM
    2013-2014 Season
    The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists present a special program of favorite opera scenes and arias from works by Mozart, Puccini, Bellini, and more.

  •  Washington National Opera: Moby-Dick

    Feb. 22 - Mar. 8, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    One man's obsession leaves a lethal wake of destruction in Jake Heggie's triumphant new opera of Melville's literary masterwork--featuring massive nautical sets, dazzling visual effects, an achingly beautiful score, and a talented cast.

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

    Dec. 14 - 22, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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.

  •  Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

    Wed., Nov. 13, 2013, 7:30 PM
    2013-2014 Season
    WNO's American Opera Initiative moves into its second exciting season with the premieres of three new 20-minute operas in a concert performance accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative team.

  •  Washington National Opera: The Force of Destiny

    Oct. 12 - 26, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    Thrust together by fate, three lives become intertwined on a path to ruin. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brings her inventive staging to this new production of Verdi's demanding masterpiece, featuring an exciting cast of international singers.

  •  Washington National Opera: Tristan and Isolde

    Sep. 15 - 27, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    In Wagner's retelling of the beloved Celtic myth and its star-crossed lovers, Iréne Theorin--well known to DC audiences and Wagner aficionados--brings her compelling portrayal of Isolde to a production featuring an impressive international cast.

  •  Washington National Opera: 2013-2014 Season Preview Concert

    Wed., May 15, 2013, 6:00 PM
    2013-2014 Season
    Sample WNO's 2013–2014 season in a free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.

  •  Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Approaching Ali

    Jun. 8 - 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller's hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter's transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 

  •  Washington National Opera: M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield Simulcast: Show Boat

    Sat., May 18, 2013, 7:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Enjoy a free live broadcast of Washington National Opera's new production of Show Boat at Nationals Park. Arrive early for pre-show entertainment and activities! 

  •  Washington National Opera: Show Boat

    May 4 - 26, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Featuring legendary songs like "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," in a spectacular new production, "this joyous, beautifully mounted entertainment should keep rolling along for a long while to come" (Chicago Tribune).

  •  Washington National Opera: Norma

    Mar. 9 - 24, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    In Bellini's Norma, rising star Angela Meade is the Druid priestess who secretly carries on a love affair in the midst of the Gallic-Roman wars. When her lover's affections shift, the mystic Norma turns warrior, prepared to seek revenge.

  •  Washington National Opera: Manon Lescaut

    Mar. 2 - 23, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Intensely romantic and beguiling, Manon Lescaut is the first tragic heroine in a long list of Puccini favorites. Patricia Racette makes her role debut in John Pascoe's "impassioned, sensual production" (Baltimore Sun).

  •  Opera Master Class: Patricia Racette

    Mon., Feb. 4, 2013, 7:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Join renowned soprano Patricia Racette, lauded by the New York Times for her "strength, taste and emotional generosity," as she coaches the next generation of singers.

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