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Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera

Led by General Director Timothy O’Leary and Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, WNO brings a captivating new season.

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Explore the 2024-2025 Season

What’s On

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

True Voice Award

Wed. May 1, 2024 6p.m.

Presented in recital, for the first time at the Kennedy Center, is Katherine Goforth: American vocalist and inaugural recipient of Washington National Opera’s True Voice Award for transgender and non-binary singers.

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Turandot

May 11 - 25, 2024

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

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Fidelio

Oct. 25 - Nov. 4, 2024

Love fuels a revolution in Beethoven’s monumental, sole opera.

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Macbeth

Nov. 13 - 23, 2024

Verdi meets Shakespeare for a bloody showdown of power and greed.

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Jungle Book

Dec. 13 - 15, 2024

Our colorful family opera steps into the jungle to find courage and friendship.

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American Opera Initiative

Sat. Jan. 18, 2025

Be there for the world premiere of three one-act operas staged in a concert performance, with talented Cafritz Young Artists among the casts.

Robert Spano
To Become WNO Music Director

Beginning with the 2025–2026 season, Spano will provide musical leadership for the company, overseeing the Washington National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and music staff.

Robert Spano
To Become WNO Music Director

Beginning with the 2025–2026 season, Spano will provide musical leadership for the company, overseeing the Washington National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and music staff.

A Landmark New Season

Led by General Director Timothy O’Leary and Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, WNO brings a captivating season featuring FidelioMacbethThe (R)evolution of Steve JobsPorgy and Bess, and more!

Explore the WNO Season

Subscriptions Now Available

A Landmark New Season

Led by General Director Timothy O’Leary and Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, WNO brings a captivating season featuring FidelioMacbethThe (R)evolution of Steve JobsPorgy and Bess, and more!

Explore the WNO Season

Subscriptions Now Available

Carlos Simon Composer-in-Residence Announcement

Carlos Simon on the Next Three Years With the Kennedy Center

Carlos Simon Continues as Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence

Grammy®-nominated Carlos Simon is a multi-genre composer and performer who is a passionate advocate for diversity in music. As Composer-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Simon is a unique voice and sought-after cultural ambassador for new music globally.

Read the Press Release   About Carlos Simon

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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