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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—Woman of Letters, Admissions, and Night Trip—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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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