The Kennedy Center

The Women's Committee of the Washington National Opera


The Women's Committee of the Washington National Opera (WNO) is the oldest and most prominent WNO support group.

Established originally in 1975 to raise funds with an elegant Opera Ball, the Committee proceeded to organize and manage not only the hugely successful Opera Ball, but later created the glamorous, annual "Mid-Winter Galas" at the Mellon Auditorium.  These soon became "One of the Top 10 Social Events in Washington", attracting hundreds of potential new operagoers, plus individual and corporate sponsors.

Currently, the focus of the Women's Committee is on raising additional funds for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with annual "Special Events" (such as an "Evening at the Supreme Court" and a "Botanical Gardens Concert"), on community outreach projects, and building the next generation of the Committee with enthusiastic opera attendees. Monthly meetings in member's private homes feature distinguished guest speakers, Young Artist performances, and educational programs about operas and composers.