Our 2017-2018 Season Has Just Been Announced! — By Artistic Director Francesca Zambello

Click here for the full Kennedy Center new “classical” season announcement.

There are so many things I love deeply and passionately about our art form of opera. Opera can expose us to concepts we’ve never imagined before—it leads us to wrestle with ambiguity, multiple interpretations, and ideas that we can find soothing or jarring. Opera can be the launching pad to stimulate conversations about humanity—it can combat indifference, ignorance, and polarization. And opera can transport us from the day-to-day—showing us that its value does not lie in its utility.

In many of WNO’s operas for the 2017-2018 season, we embrace questions of morality in both serious and lighthearted ways…

In Aida, the characters’ desires lead to the downfall of their countries and destroyed lives.

Verdi’s Aida











As the title character in Alcina misuses her powers, we see a world that loses all sense of order.

Angela Meade in Handel’s Alcina











In the world premiere of Proving Up, part of our American Opera Initiative Festival, we witness the extremes people will go to claim the right to their land.

Proving Up librettist Royce Vavrek and composer Missy Mazzoli











With Don Carlo, every character twists and turns through moral and amoral behavior except one, who rises above but pays the ultimate price.

Eric Owens and Morris Robinson in Verdi’s Don Carlo











Humor has its way in The Barber of Seville, as Figaro and the Count trick Basilio and Bartolo into letting the Count have Rosina’s hand.

Isabel Leonard in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville











And in our chaotic times, I can think of no better moral than the one you’ll find in Candide, our tribute to Leonard Bernstein at 100: to live in a better world, we must each work to create it.

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide











With each new production, WNO rises to greater heights than before, bringing together major stars and creative talents from the top echelons of opera to transport, provoke, and entertain you with their voices and visions. Single tickets for all of our individual productions won’t be available until the summer, but you can guarantee your seats to the new season now with a subscription, which comes with several exclusive benefits to make your WNO experience even more memorable. See you at the opera!



One comment

  • I find myself moving towards modern opera. I think it speaks most directly to our times. Nonetheless, I found myself excited by the lineup for next year, especially Alcina, Don Carlo, and Candide. I was at first disappointed with Barber, but then I see there is Isabel Leonard; got me with that one two. The American Opera Initiatve is truly exciting and getting the Mazola/Vavrek team is a coup. Congrats and thank you.