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Washington National Opera: Otello

Oct 26 – 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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Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

Nov 2 – 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.

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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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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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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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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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