Washington National Opera Opening Night

by Editorial
Jen Corey, Neil Alpert

Jen Corey, Neil Alpert

Location: Organization of American States

WL EXCLUSIVEPhotos by Kyle Samperton

Operatic Home Run: Who says opera is only for the elite? Not the 19,000 freebie-ticket-holding fans who watched the opening night performance of The Barber of Seville being simulcast on Jumbotrons at Nationals Park (as $1,000-a-pop patrons settled in to their seats at the Kennedy Center). Double Header: Nationals owner and newly initiated opera buff Ted Lerner pronounced the famously comedic opera a success at the post-show dinner dance where guests marveled over the tour de force pantomimed ending of the first act and the wondrous “Cessa di più resistere” finale of lyric tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

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