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Washington National Opera

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 The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

Dec. 8 - 10, 2023

The hit family opera returns for the holidays, based on the award-winning children’s book and featuring music from Tony®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori.

Washington National Opera

AOI: Three One-Act Operas

Fri. Jan. 19, 2024

Be there for the world premiere of three one-act operas staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra comprised of WNO Orchestra musicians.

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Songbird

Mar. 9 - 23, 2024

The carefree Parisian nightlife of Offenbach’s La Périchole finds its match—Prohibition-Era New Orleans—in this reimagined, jazz-infused comedy.

Washington National Opera

Turandot

May 11 - 25, 2024

Love makes a princess stronger in this glorious new production by Francesca Zambello, offering a Turandot for our times.

On Sale to Members Tue. Feb. 6, 2024 10a.m.

Washington National Opera Gala

Friday, May 10, 2024 

Embassy Dinners
Exclusive dinners hosted by the Washington, D.C. Diplomatic Community

Saturday, May 11, 2024 

5:30 p.m. Pre-Performance Cocktail Reception
The River Plaza

7 p.m. Gala Performance
Opening Night of Turandot
Opera House

10 p.m. Post-Performance Reception
The REACH

A Landmark New Season

WNO presents thrilling, grand, full scale operas—featuring Grounded, Romeo and Juliet, Songbird, Turandot, and more!

Explore the WNO Season

Subscriptions Now Available

Announcing a landmark season of Washington National Opera!

A Landmark New Season

WNO presents thrilling, grand, full scale operas—featuring Grounded, Romeo and Juliet, Songbird, Turandot, and more!

Explore the WNO Season

Subscriptions Now Available

The Weird Wonderful World of Opera Video Series

New Video Series

The Weird & Wonderful World of Opera

Through four entertaining and educational episodes, we introduce opera’s history, music, styles, genres, and people. Host Peter Michael Marino provides a comprehensive exploration of the world of opera that results in a greater understanding and appreciation of the art form.

The Weird Wonderful World of Opera Episode 1

New Video Series

The Weird & Wonderful World of Opera

Through four entertaining and educational episodes, we introduce opera’s history, music, styles, genres, and people. Host Peter Michael Marino provides a comprehensive exploration of the world of opera that results in a greater understanding and appreciation of the art form.

Special Features

WNO’s Blue Available For Purchase

World Premiere Recording

Inspired by contemporary events and black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next TimeBlue centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple in Harlem as they raise a son in 21st-century America.

Remembering RBG

The WNO and Kennedy Center family share their remembrances of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Plan Your Visit

To make your visit a memorable one, the Kennedy Center offers many pre-performance activities for you to enjoy.

The 2018-2019 WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera

This resident-training program offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

WNO Young Artists Program Emerging singers and pianists on the verge of professional careers present a program of opera, operetta, and zarzuela, capping off Washington National Opera’s citywide celebration of National Opera Week.

WNO Opera Institute

WNO’s Opera Institute is an intensive three-week summer training program for dedicated young singers from around the country who are interested in a career in opera.

WNO Young Associates

WNO Young Associates provides high school students in the Greater Washington, DC area the opportunity to explore opera as an art form and discover the many career possibilities within the field.

Help Opera Thrive

Support the Washington National Opera’s impact on audiences and students all over the globe as they perform and take part in unique events.

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