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Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

Nov 15 – 23, 2019

Mozart meets Maurice Sendak and a little magic! This enchanting quest for love and truth features a whimsical production designed by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Note: Artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program star in the Fri., Nov. 22 performance of The Magic Flute.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Tristan and Isolde—Act II with Gould and Goerke

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Don’t miss your first chance to witness Noseda, one of the world’s leading opera conductors, and the NSO perform the stunning music from Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s story of young lovers undone. A revolutionary work demanding singers of herculean vocal power, Act II of Tristan and Isolde features two masters of Wagnerian repertoire: Stephen Gould, one of today’s most sought-after heroic tenors, and Christine Goerke, who “brings a cool, focused voice, abundant power, chilling top notes and, in moments of doubt, anguished beauty to her singing” (The New York Times).

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Washington National Opera: Otello

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Verdi’s epic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy traces the collapse of a great hero. As Iago manipulates Otello, the general will confront his deadliest enemy: his jealous heart.

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The Kosciuszko Foundation and The Adam Mickiewicz Institute present 3 PADEREWSKIS

Wed, Nov 20, 2019


Produced by The Kosciuszko Foundation and The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, in collaboration with the  Embassy of the Republic of Poland, this performance is part of a celebration of the 101st anniversary of Polish independence and the centenary of Polish and American diplomatic relations.

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Family Look-In: The Magic Flute

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

See how opera comes to life! In this introduction to opera designed for children and families, audience members will experience excerpts from The Magic Flute along with insight into behind-the-scene aspects. Ages 5+

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Washington National Opera: 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Soloman Howard in Concert

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

This year’s winner, Soloman Howard, is praised for his “sonorous” (The New York Times) and “superhuman” (The Denver Post) bass.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Michelle Bradley, soprano, in Recital

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Audience members who attend the Washington debut recital by this extraordinarily gifted young Houston native will be able to claim bragging rights that "they were there" on the night of an exciting discovery.

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WNO: American Opera Initiative: Three New 20-Minute Operas

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. This season's distinguished mentors include composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Kelley Rourke, and conductor Anne Manson.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Rosa Feola, soprano, in Recital

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

This enchanting young Italian soprano has begun in the past couple seasons to create the same excitement in the US that she sparked in Europe from the time of her first major continental appearances in 2011.

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The Metropolitan Opera National Council 2020 Middle Atlantic Region Final Auditions

Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Hear the opera stars of tomorrow perform in the Middle Atlantic Region Final Auditions, as they compete for the opportunity to move on to New York and consideration for The Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

On Sale 1/10/2020


WORLD STAGES—The Clemency of Titus (with Havana Lyceum Orchestra)

Feb 13 – 15, 2020

After stand-out performances at the Kennedy Center’s Artes de Cuba festival in 2018, the multi-award-winning Havana Lyceum Orchestra and one of Latin America’s most cutting-edge theater directors Carlos Diaz join forces for a Cuban adaptation of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, and Julius Drake, piano, in Recital

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Magnificent mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke can seemingly do everything—from Baroque to "ink barely dry" world premieres written specifically for her voice and artistry, she has won the devotion of concert and opera audiences, blue chip conductors, and collaborative accompanists on both sides of the Atlantic

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Opera Lafayette presents Beethoven's Leonore

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven's Leonore will be the centerpiece of Opera Lafayette's anniversary season.

On Sale 11/18/2019


Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni

Feb 29 – Mar 22, 2020

A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart’s celebrated tragicomedy. He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

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Washington National Opera: Samson and Delilah

Mar 1 – 21, 2020

Seduction and deceit tangle in Saint-Saëns’s sensual grand opera. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.

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Washington National Opera: Blue

Mar 15 – 28, 2020

In the D.C. premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s new contemporary opera, a family struggles when their teenager is shot by police.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Davóne Tines, bass-baritone, in Recital

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Davóne Tines deemed a “…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times, is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance from early music to adventurous contemporary music. 

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Vocal Arts DC presents Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Julius Drake, piano, in Recital

Mon, May 4, 2020

No American tenor of his generation has amassed a more loyal or sizeable following than tenor Matthew Polenzani. 

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Washington National Opera: Porgy and Bess

May 9 – 23, 2020

Gershwin’s quintessential American masterpiece melds jazz, folk, and gospel styles. Bess finds herself torn between steadfast love and the dark demons that tug her elsewhere.

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Opera Master Class with Denyce Graves

Tue, May 12, 2020

Emerging artists hone their craft under the guidance of mezzo-soprano and D.C. native Denyce Graves, who is recognized as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century” (USA Today).

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