The Kennedy Center

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program


Founded by Plácido Domingo and currently in its 17th season, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program guides young singers and pianists/coaches on the verge of international careers. The program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and dramatic coaches and offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance, and master classes with Washington National Opera staff and guest artists. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles in WNO productions, and to create new roles in WNO’s new works program, the American Opera Initiative.

In addition to many performances on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists have performed at the White House, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the United States Senate, the Supreme Court, the Music Center at Strathmore, the Smithsonian Institution, the Mexican Cultural Institute, with the Baltimore and Charleston Symphony Orchestras, and at numerous embassies. They have also appeared in concert with Maestro Domingo at the Reignwood Theatre in Beijing.

Each season, the Young Artists sing a fully staged performance with orchestra in the Kennedy Center Opera House as part of the WNO season. Past productions have included La traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, La bohème, Alcina, and Carmen, conducted by such luminaries as Maestro Domingo, Phillippe Auguin, Evan Rogister, Renato Palumbo, Jane Glover, and Michael Christie. In the 2018-2019 season, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform a Concert of Comic Masterpieces on Friday, May 24, 2019, including the first act of Verdi’s Falstaff. Additionally, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists perform a concert at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and continue this season’s recital series at the Phillips Collection on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Graduates of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program have gone on to successful careers including performances with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, New York City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Bayreuth Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceu Opera Barcelona, and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/7/2019: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

As the end of their season approaches, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists present a celebratory program of great operatic ensembles, including a preview of their upcoming Concert of Comic Masterpieces(May 24, Kennedy Center Opera House). This worldclass ensemble of the finest young operatic talents in the country perform throughout the Washington D.C.-area over the year, honing their craft with the world’s greatest singers and artists. Their final Millennium Stage program of the season is the culmination of this intensive training program, showcasing repertoire they have worked on throughout the season—a perfect introduction to the magic and beauty of opera for all ages. DCYAP Principal Coach Ken Weiss hosts a varied program explaining why opera is the only artform where several voices can speak at once with perfect clarity.