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Washington National Opera

Songbird

Eisenhower Theater

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

Mar. 9 - 23, 2024

Production Information

  • Genre

    Opera

  • Price Range

    $69.00 – $195.00

  • Runtime

    1 Hour and 29 Minutes with No Intermission

  • WNO Season Sponsor

    General Dynamics

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Isabel Leonard and Ramin Karimloo in WNO's Songbird. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Program

NEW PRODUCTION
Adapted from Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole

The hungriest bird sings the sweetest song.

New Orleans in the 1920s is roaring with decadence, but singers and lovers Songbird and Piquillo are down on hard times. As Mardi Gras arrives, the Mayor disguises himself and lures Songbird to be his mistress with the promise of food and lodging. Now Songbird must choose between financial security and true love. What’s a hungry artist to do?

Jazz meets operetta in this playful new riff on Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole. Offenbach’s comedic love story is transported to the glimmer and corruption of New Orleans during Prohibition, while his melodies are reimagined in the swinging style of the Jazz Age. Grammy Award®–winning superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard portrays a struggling artist torn between her livelihood and her love; while Tony®-nominated leading man Ramin Karimloo stars as her fellow singer and lover. With toe-tapping music, glamorous costumes, mistaken identities, and comic twists, Songbird infuses Frenchman Street flair into the classic “opéra bouffe” while keeping all of its irresistible charm.

This performance features no intermission.

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Adaptation created by Eric Sean Fogel, James Lowe, and Kelley Rourke
Musical arrangement and orchestration by James Lowe
English lyrics and book by Kelley Rourke
Based on La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach, Henri Meilhac, and Ludovic Halévy

In French and English with Projected English Titles
Commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival, 2021

Meet the Artists

Creative Team

Special Talks

Come early for a free Pre-Performance Talk

Delve deeper as you take a peek inside the composer’s mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of the opera.

Free with a Songbird ticket, starting 1 hour before every performance and lasting 25–30 minutes:

  • Mar. 9: Librettist Kelley Rourke
  • Mar. 11, 15, 17, 20 & 23: Conductor James Lowe

Stay after for a Post-Performance Artist Q&A

Don’t miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here’s your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.

Free with a Songbird ticket, beginning immediately after the performance: 

Dates + Moderators

Mar. 11: WNO General Director Timothy O’Leary
Mar. 17: WNO Director of Production Chelsea Dennis

Season Sponsors

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