The Kennedy Center


Christine Goerke, Soloman Howard & More in the 2019 WNO Opera Gala Concert, Hosted by Christine Ebersole

Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:00 PM

Washington National Opera

Grammy®-winning Christine Goerke, bass Soloman Howard, soprano Latonia Moore, and bass-baritone Alan Held join this year’s grand finale to the WNO season with a spectacular concert celebrating WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka, hosted by Tony Award®–winning actress Christine Ebersole.

Search for Current Events


Christine Goerke, Soloman Howard, Latonia Moore, Alan Held, and more

Tony Award®–winning actress Christine Ebersole hosts WNO's annual Opera Gala Concert featuring a world-class cast including American soprano and Grammy®-winning Christine Goerke, who returns after her heroic feat of stepping in last minute to take over the role of Brünnhilde during the company’s first ever complete Ring Cycle in 2016. Joining her is "hometown favorite" (The Washington Post) bass Soloman Howard, the 2019 recipient of the Marian Anderson Vocal Award and a former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist. The evening will also feature “world class” soprano (Sydney Morning Herald) Latonia Moore and acclaimed bass-baritone Alan Held, who star in performances of WNO’s upcoming run of Tosca.

Newly appointed Principal Conductor Evan Rogister leads the WNO Orchestra in this spectacular event honoring WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka for his tremendous legacy and leadership. Serving nearly 30 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including Chairman from 2003–2005, Pohanka has been instrumental in the company’s success, including the negotiation of WNO's artistic affiliation with the Kennedy Center in 2011.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Find out more information about the full Gala and special VIP packages.