WNO Education Programs
Washington National Opera provides numerous opportunities for students of all ages to experience opera!
The Opera Look-In introduces elementary and middle school students to behind-the-scenes magic of opera including topics such as lighting design, scene changes, stage tricks, musical themes, and more. Open Rehearsals allow students to observe a major company in the final stages of preparation before opening night, giving students insight into opera performance as well as how stories, characters, and ideas are explored through art. WNOâ€™s career development programs are designed to help high school students interested in the arts better understand and navigate the professional world in order to make more informed decisions. These include the WNO Young Associates, for local high school students of any level interested in any aspect of opera, and the WNO Opera Institute at American University, for dedicated singers interested in pursuing vocal performance in college and as a career. Kids Create Opera provides professional development and yearlong support to elementary school classroom teachers leading their students in writing, composing, designing, producing, and performing their own original operas. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is designed for emerging adult artists on the verge of international careers. Audience engagement events in opera allow patrons of all ages to experience opera at a deeper level through guided rehearsals, master classes, and more. WNO ticket holders are also invited to attend pre-performance lectures before selected performances as well as post-performance Q&A's after Sunday matinees and Monday evening performances.
Opera is also incorporated into other education programs of the Kennedy Center. Please visit www.kennedy-center.org/education.
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Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
WNO's Presenting Sponsor
The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, with additional funding provided by Judy and Billy Cox, Susan Carmel Lehrman, John & Mary Lee Malcolm, Michael F. and Noémi K. Neidorff and The Centene Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey P. Pohanka, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Schuiling, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Guillermo Schultz, and The Women's Committee of Washington National Opera.
Support for Opera Look-Ins is provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
Student attendance at these performances is made possible by the Kimsey Endowment; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.