2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
American Opera Initiative: New Hour-Long Opera:
"The DICTATOR's WIFE" @ KENNEDY CENTER
In the world premiere of this bitingly satirical work, the wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans how she must now answer for the atrocities committed by her husband, who cowers in the bathroom as the country falls apart.
THE KENNEDY CENTER + WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA
American Opera Initiative: "The DICTATOR's WIFE"
FRI. JANUARY 13 @ 7:30PM + SUN. JANUARY 15, 2017 @ 2 PM
KENNEDY CENTER - OPERA HOUSE
2700 F ST., NW | WASHINGTON, DC 22030
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About "THE DICTATOR'S WIFE"
NEW HOUR-LONG OPERA In this bitingly satirical work, the glamorous yet tormented wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans that she is now having to answer for all of the terrible atrocities committed by her husband, who has taken to cowering in the bathroom as the country falls apart. Hailed as "an important new artistic voice" (The New York Times), young American composer-on-the-rise Mohammed Fairouz and prominent Pakistani writer/librettist Mohammed Hanif--whose collaborative opera Bhutto has just been selected for a world premiere at Pittsburgh Opera--will develop this new production based on Hanif's critically acclaimed play of the same title. The Dictator's Wife will be conducted by Nicole Paiement (WNO's The Little Prince).
Performance Timing: 1 hour, with no intermission.
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Following both performances:
Friday evening, Jan. 13
Sunday matinee, Jan. 15
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"WNO's American Opera Initiative is an exciting and positive leap forward in the trajectory of American opera: keeping it fresh, energized, bold, and current." --Jake Heggie, composer and former American Opera Initiative advisor
AMERICAN OPERA INITIATIVE FESTIVAL
WNO's acclaimed commissioning program for contemporary American opera enters its fifth exciting season, this time with four world premieres presented across a single weekend (Three New 20-Minute Operas andThe Dictator's Wife hour-long opera). Our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and other talented performers will be among the casts.
About The WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA > Led by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
The 2016–2017 WNO season presents fresh takes on classic operas, fascinating contemporary works, and the best in American artistry. Don’t miss Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Terence Blanchard’s Champion, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and much more.
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