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Opera Lafayette presents: An Evening of Monteverdi

Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette's 23rd season opens with "Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and other works by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring the Opera Lafayette debut of three young luminaries of the early music scene - lutenist Thomas Dunford, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, and soprano Lea Désandre.

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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.

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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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Renée Fleming VOICES: Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera. She is joined for a fantastic evening of music by prolific and respected Dutch conductor, pianist, and composer Reinbert de Leeuw.

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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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Washington Performing Arts presents: MasterClass: Denyce Graves

Mon, Dec 4, 2017, 7:30 PM

World-renowned soprano Denyce Graves is no stranger to her hometown audiences, having recently performed as part of Washington National Opera’s Champion in spring 2017. This winter, the 2017 recipient of Washington Performing Arts’ 2017 Ambassador of the Arts Award shares her gifts with her next generation of vocal protégés in a public master class. 

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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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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.

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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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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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Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 5:00 PM

The five-time Grammy®-winning soprano, whose voice has been hailed as "one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (The Washington Post), returns to D.C. with a special concert program celebrating the spiritual as a musical form as well as the power of the human spirit.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Rossini's Stabat Mater

Sat, May 19, 2018, 3:00 PM

The Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra join conductor Antony Walker and four opera soloists to bring Rossini's Stabat Mater and famous opera selections to the Concert Hall stage.

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