"National Opera Week is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the many different ways that WNO serves the city of Washington, D.C.," stated WNO General Director Plšcido Domingo. "Opera is so much more than the grand productions performed on stage. Yes, it is entertainment and a beautiful synthesis of many art forms; but at WNO, opera is also an enrichment tool for our community and an educational medium for our young people.
From free performances by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists, to in-school performances, to free tickets to mainstage production of Ariadne auf Naxos, WNO will offer a diversity of educational and outreach programs for people to experience the joy of opera."
WNO's National Opera Week activities feature free performances and educational activities, including:
- Ariadne auf Naxos: In partnership with the League of Washington Theatres' "Night of Free Theatre" program, WNO will welcome 100 first-time opera-goers to the Opera House for the closing-night performance of Ariadne auf Naxos. November 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Kennedy Center Opera House. Note: All tickets have been distributed.
- Hola Opera! An Introduction to Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists J_sus Hernandez and Jos_ Ortega will present a bilingual "Introduction to Opera" program in D.C. schools and libraries. Using opera arias and Mexican folk songs, the two tenors will share their inspiring stories of emigrating from Mexico, meeting Plšcido Domingo and realizing their dreams of becoming professional opera singers. Various dates and locations; see attached calendar.
- Open Orchestra Read: The Marriage of Figaro: The WNO Orchestra and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform arias from Mozart's beloved opera The Marriage of Figaro. Led by Young Artist conductor Michael Rossi with narration by Ken Weiss, the Orchestra Read takes audiences behind-the-scenes to witness the music-making process. November 14 at 6 p.m., Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
- A Community in Bloom: A Ward 7 Community Culture Project: A collaboration between WNO, the Humanities Council of Washington DC, and the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative, Community In Bloom is a live presentation of performing and visual art based around the lives of Ward 7 community members. WJLA ABC-7's Maureen Bunyan hosts this inspiring endeavor that portrays the joys and struggles of a community rich with soul and camaraderie. November 15 at 3:30 p.m., Kelly Miller Middle School.
- Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Recital‹At the invitation of Senator Patrick Leahy, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will perform a concert recital of popular opera arias in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Building. Friday, November 20 at noon, Russell Senate Building.
Additionally, Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform at a private luncheon at the Supreme Court in celebration of the NEA Opera Awards honorees, and WNO's Education and Community programs will offer a family-friendly, interactive introduction to the opera Hansel and Gretel at a D.C. public library.
Organized by OPERA America with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Opera Week was created to bring the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a broader national audience. National Opera Week will reach from coast to coast, with more than 90 opera companies from 32 states offering a range of free and public programming designed to demonstrate the allure and accessibility of the art form.
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