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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. WNO’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

For questions about the:
Opera Look-In or the Student Open Rehearsals, please email or call (202) 416-8835.
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, please email or (202) 416-7873.
WNO Opera Institute or the WNO Young Associates program, please email or call (202) 416-8846.
Kids Create Opera program, please email or call (202) 416-8846.