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Washington National Opera

Explore our history, meet the leaders and artists, and find ways to get involved with the Washington National Opera.

Meet the Washington National Opera

Get to know the musicians and performers behind the Washington National Opera under the direction of Timothy O'Leary and Francesca Zambello.

In 1956, the sound of opera rang out in DC, heralding the birth of a new company. Four decades and countless artistic leaps later, Washington National Opera continues to move boldly forward on the great adventure that began years ago in a university auditorium. Washington National Opera is now one of the nation's leading opera companies and plays to standing room audiences in the Kennedy Center.

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Trustees and Committees


Providing financial support for the Washington National Opera's education programs, projects, and national and international programs.