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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 opera star returns to D.C. with a powerful program of songs inspired by the secret network that helped transport 19th-century slaves to freedom.

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Opera Lafayette presents: Scarlatti | Geminiani

Jan 30 - Jan 31, 2018

Opera Lafayette's January program pairs the American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s last major secular vocal work with Francesco Geminiani’s most famous instrumental composition, performed in its original version as a ballet pantomime, choreographed by the extraordinary Anuradha Nehru with Kalanidhi Dance. 

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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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National Men's Chorus presents: A Concert of Opera and Musical Theater

Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:30 PM

The National Men's Chorus makes its third appearance in the Terrace Theater with a program of opera choruses and musical theater selections from operettas.

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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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Opera Master Class with Peter Kazaras

Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 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.

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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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Opera Lafayette presents: Visitors to Versailles

Wed, May 2, 2018, 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette's final program in the Terrace Theater is a musical journey through the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, featuring music from Lully’s Acis et Galatée to Grétry’s Richard, Cœur de Lion, inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Visitors to Versailles (1682 – 1789).

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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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