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  •  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.

  •  Washington National Opera: Nabucco

    Apr. 28 - May 21, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Witness the epic struggle of a royal family at odds with their nation and each other, battling for power among the lost wonders of the world in Verdi's powerful opera about the defeat, enslavement, and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews.

  •  Cancelled: DiVa Light: An Evening with Deborah Voigt

    Sat., Mar. 17, 2012, 7:00 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    PATRON NOTICE: This concert has been cancelled. Ms. Voigt has regrettably withdrawn due to illness.

  •  Washington National Opera: Family Look-In: Così fan tutte

    Sat., Mar. 10, 2012, 2:00 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    See the magic of Mozart's delightful Così fan tutte come to life with members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Orchestra. A perfect introduction to opera for children in grades 3-6 and their families.

  •  Washington National Opera: Plácido Domingo Celebrity Series: Angela Gheorghiu

    Sat., Mar. 3, 2012, 7:00 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    Making her WNO debut, Washington audiences will have the chance to experience Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu's magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence.

  •  Washington National Opera: Così fan tutte

    Feb. 25 - Mar. 15, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves.

  •  Washington National Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

    Nov. 10 - 19, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    In this psychologically gripping opera, Lucia relinquishes her sanity, killing her bridegroom and finally succumbing to madness in one of opera's most tragic and musically dramatic scenes.

  •  WNO: Opera in the Outfield Simulcast

    Thu., Sep. 22, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season
    Join Washington National Opera for the fourth annual Opera in the Outfield, a FREE, live opera broadcast of Puccini's Tosca at Nationals Park, featuring special events, live performances, prizes and more! Rain or shine.

  •  Washington National Opera: Tosca

    Sep. 10 - 24, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Puccini's Tosca is an irresistible combination of passion, tenderness, pathos, and despair that immediately grabs your attention and races to its terrible conclusion.

  •  Washington National Opera: Don Pasquale

    May 13 - 27, 2011
    2010-2011 Season

  •  Washington National Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride

    May 6 - 28, 2011
    2010-2011 Season

  • The Kennedy Center Washington National Opera: Young Artist Performance: Madama Butterfly

    Tue., Mar. 15, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season

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