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Student Open Rehearsals

Grades 7-12 and college

(unless otherwise indicated)
Daughter of the Regiment | Photo by: David Bachman

The Student Open Rehearsal Program introduces students in grades 7-12 as well as university-level students to opera by giving them the opportunity to attend the final rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions. Presented in the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, the open rehearsal is a full-length performance of the opera with occasional pauses for technical or musical corrections. Students experience opera in a performance setting and receive materials to help them understand and better appreciate the many dimensions of the art form. Additionally, students have the opportunity to glimpse how a world-class professional company operates in its last moments of preparation before a major performance.

Prior to the rehearsal, classes receive materials designed to help classes prepare for the opera by providing information on the composer and the story, and posing questions of what to look and listen for at the opera. ArtsEdge provides additional information and activities online at artsedge.kennedy-center.org and 2700 F Street.

In the 2018-2019 season, WNO invites students and their teachers to experience:

The Marriage of Figaro , The Daughter of the Regiment , Dead Man Walking , and Madame Butterfly.

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Sung in Italian with projected English Titles

Date:
Wednesday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Opera House–3 hours
Fee:
$15 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

Silent Night by Kevin Puts

Sung in English, French, German, Italian, and Latin with projected English Titles

Date:
Tuesday, November 6, 7p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Eisenhower Theater–3 hours
Fee:
$15 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me by Jeanine Tesori

Sung in English with Projected English Titles

Date:
Friday, December 14, 11:30 a.m.
Venue & Duration:
Terrace Theater–2 hours
Fee:
$6 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
Grades 4-6

Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sung in Russian with Projected English Titles

Date:
Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Opera House–3 hours
Fee:
$15 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

Faust by Charles Gounod

Sung in French with Projected English Titles

Date:
Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Opera House–3 hours
Fee:
$15 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Sung in Italian with Projected English Titles

Date:
Wednesday,May 8, 7 p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Opera House–3 hours
Fee:
$15 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

Additionally, student groups and public audiences are invited to see The Me I Want to Sing, a riveting two-performer show blending Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price's most memorable performances. Created and written by Tom Minter and originally commissioned by Washington National Opera Director Francesca Zambello, the piece includes opera, art songs, and more, and chronicles some of the challenges these two women faced in their careers as African American singers. Performances for school groups:

Dates:
Thursday, April 11, 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m & Friday, April 12, 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Venue & Duration:
Opera House–3 hours
Fee:
$6 ea/students, teachers, and chaperones
Grades:
7-12 and college

To register for performances for school groups, see The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835.

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Important Note:

This is an educational opportunity exclusively for students and their teachers. Only two chaperones per ten students are permitted. All students must be in grades 7-12.

School Performances / Events

The WNO Kennedy Center School Brochure School Performances / Events