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  •  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.

  •  Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: Hansel and Gretel

    Dec. 21 - 23, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    The timeless fairy tale of lost children, candy treats, and an evil witch comes to life for the holiday season in this delightful WNO family production of Engelbert Humperdinck's captivating opera.

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

    Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 7:30 PM
    2012-2013 Season

  •  Washington National Opera: In Recital: Angela Meade

    Sat., Nov. 10, 2012, 7:30 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Rising star Angela Meade makes her WNO debut with a diva program of arias in recital with piano. In a special preview of her spring 2013 performance in the full opera, the program includes Norma's famous aria "Casta Diva."

  •  Washington National Opera: M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield Simulcast: Don Giovanni

    Sat., Sep. 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Bring your family and friends to Nationals Park for M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield, a free live opera broadcast of Don Giovanni, and relax and enjoy all that the ballpark has to offer.

  •  Opera Master Class: Andrew Foster-Williams

    Thu., Sep. 27, 2012, 7:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Hailed by BBC Music Magazine as a "vivid bass-baritone, a model of vocal security and textual definition," join Andrew Foster-Williams as he coaches the next generation of singers.

  •  Washington National Opera Celebrity Concert Series: Nathan Gunn

    Sun., Sep. 23, 2012, 4:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Nathan Gunn "commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything he touches" (The New York Times). He makes his WNO debut in concert with the WNO Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling.

  •  Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni

    Sep. 20 - Oct. 13, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever composed, Mozart weaves the tale of the legendary rake Don Juan into a comically lighthearted (yet deadly serious) musical masterpiece. "A dark Giovanni of depth, beauty" (The Washington Times).

  •  Washington National Opera: Anna Bolena

    Sep. 15 - Oct. 6, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    A queen falls from grace as her unfaithful king plots to bring his mistress to the throne. The golden age of Italian bel canto opera shines with dark reflections in Donizetti's moving retelling of Anne Boleyn's tragedy starring Sondra Radvanovsky.

  •  Washington National Opera: 2012-2013 Season Preview Concert

    Wed., May 23, 2012, 6:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Sample the 2012–2013 season in a free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring Sonia Ganassi, Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra.

  •  Washington National Opera: Werther

    May 12 - 27, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Considered one of Massenet's finest works, with a lush score of tragically beautiful music, Werther tells a tale of forbidden love that can only end tragically.

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