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Washington National Opera

Based at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and led by General Director Placido Domingo, the Washington National Opera presents world-class productions of a wide variety of repertory, and is featured regularly on NPR's series 'World of Opera.'

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Elektra

October 22, 2010 Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

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Carlos Alvarez and Lyubov Petrova in Verdi's Rigoletto

April 23, 2010 Verdi's opera is a tightly wound swirl of sentiment, appalling violence and unspeakable tragedy.

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Placido Domingo and Sara Coburn

October 16, 2009 Placido Domingo takes on his 126th role, as Bajazet in Handel's taught drama, Tamerlano.

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February 20, 2009 Sometimes neglected, Mozart's final opera is filled with startling innovation and great beauty.

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November 21, 2008 Strauss's sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

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November 14, 2008 Placido Domingo takes on his 126th role, as Bajazet in Handel's taught drama, Tamerlano.

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November 7, 2008 Verdi's opera is a tightly wound swirl of sentiment, appalling violence and unspeakable tragedy.

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October 25, 2008 Wagner's turbulent opera focuses on one of his favorite themes: the redemptive power of love.

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October 24, 2008 William Bolcom's searing opera is set in the immigrant enclave of Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the 1950s.

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October 17, 2008 Mozart's dark comedy features music of limitless genius, and a drama that lives up to the score.

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October 10, 2008 Electric passion becomes lasting love, and ends with desperate tragedy, in Puccini's "La Boheme."

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October 3, 2008 Placido Domingo conducts Puccini's Madame Butterfly from the Washington National Opera.

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July 4, 2008 Gershwin's Great American Opera, "Porgy and Bess," from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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June 20, 2008 Saint-Saens tells a sacred story through the passionate musical language of romantic opera.

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June 6, 2008 In this grim drama, the bell announcing evening services means lights out for everyone — literally.

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February 22, 2008 Romance induced by a love potion is no match for the real thing in Donizetti's 'The Elixir of Love.'

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December 28, 2007 Mozart's The Magic Flute seems made for kids, but still gives adults plenty to contemplate.

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October 12, 2007 Placido Domingo stars as Siegmund in Die Walkuere, from the Washington National Opera.

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October 5, 2007 Patricia Racette stars in Janacek's devastating, yet stunningly beautiful opera Jenufa.

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September 28, 2007 In 'The Daughter of the Regiment,' JiYoung Lee plays an army brat who was raised by the entire army.

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September 21, 2007 Samuel Ramey does double duty in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi.

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September 7, 2007 Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice is a searing adaptation of William Styron's acclaimed novel.

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August 31, 2007 Paoletta Marrocu stars in a vivid Washington National Opera production of Verdi's Macbeth.

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Baritone Alan Held

January 21, 2011 Alan Held makes an impression as the mysterious title character in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.

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Baritone Alan Held

November 27, 2009 Wagner's turbulent opera focuses on one of his favorite themes: the redemptive power of love.

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Susan Bullock as Elektra

November 13, 2009 Strauss' sumptuous one-act opera tells the lurid story of a young woman and her homicidal family.

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Soprano Renee Fleming

September 11, 2009 Fleming sings the steamy title role, with Placido Domingo conducting, from Washington, D.C.

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July 24, 2009 In Donizetti's romantic comedy, JiYoung Lee plays a military brat, raised by an entire regiment.

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June 5, 2009 Samuel Ramey does double duty in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi.

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April 24, 2009 Nicholas Maw's tightly-wound opera is a searing adaptation of William Styron's acclaimed novel.

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March 13, 2009 The Prologue to Wagner's Ring is a 160-minute spectacle that seems to fly by in a flash.

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January 23, 2009 Wackiness was never more beautiful than it is in Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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