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Washington, D.C.: Opera

Washington DC Opera: Opera Around Washington DC

Below are our Washington DC Opera recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, company/venue history and other points of interest in Washington DC Art.


Castleton Festival (Castleton, VA)

(June 22 – July 22, 2012) A project of the Châteauville Foundation, which was founded by Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel, the Castleton Festival was initiated in 2009 to foster the development of and collaboration amongst young artists. This June/July opera festival features productions of such famous works as Puccini’s Il trittico conducted by Maestro Maazel himself. ...more...

Opera Lafayette

Opera Lafayette

This DC-based ensemble is dedicated to the interpretation of French opera from the 18th century, as well as its predecessors and successors. Performed on period instruments, past productions since 1995 have included multiple works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Jean-Philippe Rameau. The music of Gluck, Handel, Mozart, and Purcell has also been represented.

Opera Lafayette — which boasts an orchestra, chorus, and numerous solo artists—can …more…

Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera

Under the direction of opera legend Placido Domingo (who is doing double duty, serving as general director for the LA Opera as well), the Washington National Opera has recently been designated “The National Opera” by the U.S. Congress. The company offers a mixture of standard operas alongside contemporary and lesser-known works, with consistently high standards of production. The Generation …more…

wolf trap opera

Wolf Trap Opera Company (Vienna, VA)

Wolf Trap Opera Company (Vienna, VA) Information

Public Transportation: Decent (Fairfax Connector runs a $5 round-trip shuttle bus from the West Falls Church – VT/UVA Orange Line Metro station to Wolf Trap on performance days)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Programs/Performances: Roughly a dozen performances per season, running the gamut from full-length operas to interactive improv sketches and the Vocal Colors multimedia presentation
Ticket Prices:
Membership: Associates memberships begin at $75 and extend to $25,000+ at …more…