Washington National Opera will present “The Barber of Seville” for free at Nationals Park during its Opera in the Outfield event on September 29.
From April 30 to May 22, 2016, Washington National Opera will bring its production of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This most ambitious undertaking in all of opera will conclude WNO’s 60th anniversary celebration, directed by WNO Artistic Francesca Zambello and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin.
“Wagner’s Ring is the pinnacle of great opera. The soaring music, the epic story, the humor, tragedy, and drama of it all — and the ultimate catharsis we feel — are reasons why we collectively come back to this masterpiece again and again,” said Zambello. “The ability to produce this ‘total work of art’ — or gesamtkunstwerk to borrow Wagner’s word — is a source of tremendous pride for any opera company and a rewarding experience for the entire community. I’m proud to bring our completed Ring home to WNO.”
These spring 2016 performances will be the first time the company has presented the Ring in complete cycles in its history. Each opera will be performed in German with projected English titles. To help patrons have a complete, immersive experience, WNO is designing a week’s worth of lectures, education events, dining experiences, late-night happenings, and other social events during each of the three cycles.
For ticket and additional information, visit The Kennedy Center website.