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Washington National Opera (WNO) is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. Founded in 1956 and now an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the company boasts numerous artistic highlights, including world premieres, commissioning of new works and new productions, international tours, and performances by some of opera’s most admired artists. WNO productions have been heard around the world, through radio and television broadcasts on WETA-FM, NPR, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and PBS, as well as through audio and video recordings.

WNO recently launched the American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive new commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering and developing the talents of new American composers and librettists. WNO contributes to the future of opera through two other signature artist-development programs: the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is a leading resident-training program for artists on the verge of international careers, and the WNO Opera Institute nurtures the ambitions of high-school-age singers and pianists from across the nation during an intensive three-week summer program.

WNO’s education and access initiatives include year-round programs in public schools throughout the region; Generation O, a popular discount-ticket initiative for young people; and a variety of lectures and discussions for every production on the season calendar. Among the most popular of WNO’s community programs is M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield, which brings free, live simulcasts of opera to Nationals Park for thousands of opera fans as well as new audiences.


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Carmen Georges Bizet Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy5/14/20225/28/2022
Cosi fan tutte Wolfgang Mozart Lorenzo Da Ponte3/12/20223/26/2022
Blue Jeanine Tesori Tazewell Thompson7/3/20217/11/2021
La bohème Giacomo Puccini Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica5/8/20215/22/2021
Porgy and Bess George Gershwin DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin3/9/20203/11/2020
Samson and Delilah Camille Saint-Saëns Ferdinand Lemaire3/1/20203/7/2020
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Mozart Lorenzo Da Ponte2/29/20203/11/2020
The Magic Flute Wolfgang Mozart Emanuel Schikaneder11/2/201911/23/2019
Otello Giuseppe Verdi Arrigo Boito10/26/201911/16/2019
Tosca Giacomo Puccini Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica5/11/20195/25/2019
Faust Charles Gounod Jules Barbier, Michel Carré3/16/20193/30/2019
Eugene Onegin Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Konstantin Shilovsky, Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky3/9/20193/29/2019
The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me Jeanine Tesori J.D. McClatchy12/14/201812/16/2018
Silent Night Kevin Puts Mark Campbell11/10/201811/25/2018
La traviata Giuseppe Verdi Francesco Maria Piave10/6/201810/21/2018
Candide Leonard Bernstein Lillian Hellman, Richard Wilbur5/5/20185/26/2018
The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini Cesare Sterbini4/28/20185/19/2018
Don Carlo Giuseppe Verdi Camille du Locle, Joseph Méry3/3/20183/17/2018
Alcina George Handel Antonio Marchi11/4/201711/19/2017
Aida Giuseppe Verdi Antonio Ghislanzoni9/9/20179/23/2017
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