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Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato in Handel's Ariodante in Concert, with The English Concert

Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

The superstar mezzo-soprano sings the title role in a concert version of the passionate Italian opera. She "confirms her reputation as the finest Handelian mezzo-soprano of the day with a magnificent princely reading" (London's Daily Telegraph).

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Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

Washington National Opera: Madame Butterfly

May 6 - May 21, 2017

In this eye-popping staging of Puccini's immortal tragedy, a dashing American naval officer chooses a naïve young geisha to be his bride, only to betray her--leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera.

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Opera House Backstage Tour

Washington National Opera: Backstage Tours

May 7 - May 19, 2017

Beginning one hour before select WNO Opera House performances in the 16/17 season, a WNO staff member will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production.

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The Concert for the WNO Opera Gala

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 6:30 PM

The concert portion of this year's WNO Opera Gala will feature the WNO Orchestra and an array of musical stars who will pay special tribute to Jacqueline Mars’s visionary leadership of WNO: world-renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, superstar mezzo-soprano and D.C. native Denyce Graves, and Hamilton Tony Award® winner Leslie Odom Jr.

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The Kennedy Center

NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Wolf Trap Opera: Puccini's Tosca

Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 8:15 PM

Members of Wolf Trap Opera join forces with the National Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Puccini's passionate masterpiece, Tosca. Tickets for this performance go on sale March 18 and are available through Wolf Trap only.

Making of Aida

The Making of Aida

Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 5:30 PM

Join WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello along with other members of the creative team of Aida for a discussion about bringing this new WNO production to the stage.

WNO Aida

Washington National Opera: Aida

Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2017

The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.

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Peter Kazeras

Opera Master Class with Peter Kazaras

Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Observe pre-professional singers as they are guided in a master class by the acclaimed director, performer, and educator, who is also one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season.

Fancesca Zambello

Opera Master Class with Francesca Zambello

Thu, Nov 2, 2017, 7:00 PM

Observe the WNO Artistic Director, an internationally acclaimed director of theater and opera, as she leads this master class for pre-professional singers, accompanied by Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Director Robert Ainsley.

WNO Alcina

Washington National Opera: Alcina

Nov 4 - Nov 19, 2017

Welcome to the island of illusions--where a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction is about to fall prey to the enchantment of love. This new production is WNO's first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every role.

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WNO Young Artist Alcina

Washington National Opera: The Domingo Cafritz Young Artists starring in Alcina

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 7:00 PM

For one performance only, WNO's talented Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists take over all of the lead roles in Handel's spellbinding opera about an island sorceress whose powers of seduction are put to the test by true love.

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The Little Prince

Washington National Opera: The Little Prince, a Holiday Family Opera

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

All the joy and wonder of the classic illustrated storybook comes back to WNO! On his tiny home planet, a young boy begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship. Featuring a tuneful score by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the opera also showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and WNO Children's Chorus.

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ETA Creating PRoving UP

Creating an Opera: Proving Up with Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek

Mon, Jan 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

Join two of the most important new talents in American music--composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek--as they discuss creating their captivating tale of homesteading in the American West, as part of WNO's American Opera Initiative Festival.

Proving Up AOI Hourlong Opera

Washington National Opera: Proving Up, a New Hour-Long Opera part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Jan 19 - Jan 21, 2018

A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this world premiere opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek (Opera Philadelphia's huge success story Breaking the Waves) based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.

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AOI 20 minute operas

Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas, part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

Sat, Jan 20

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 Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell, and conductor George Manahan.

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ETA Don Carlo

Exploring Don Carlo with Philippe Auguin

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 5:30 PM

Enjoy Don Carlo's return to the Kennedy Center after 17 years with a session led by the WNO Music Director, who takes us into the music to explore and deepen our knowledge of one of Guiseppe Verdi's mightiest creations.

WNO Marian Anderson

2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: John Holiday in Recital

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."

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WNO Don Carlo

Washington National Opera: Don Carlo

Mar 3 - Mar 17, 2018

Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production.

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Eric Ownes MC

Opera Master Class with Eric Owens

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 7:00 PM

Observe the two-time Grammy winner--a star of WNO's Don Carlo and one of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 season--as he leads a master class for pre-professional singers.

WNO Barber of Seville

Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Apr 28 - May 19, 2018

"Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.

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WNO Candide

Washington National Opera: Candide

May 5 - May 26, 2018

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay."

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