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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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14 stars
KC cafeteria is horrible. Cafeteria with real restaurant $prices. Go over to Watergate and find pizza/salad place or hotel rest.for a bit more upscale. KC should be ashamed of itself for their "offerings".
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"The Force of Destiny"
43 ratings
4.3 average rating
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119 events
43 reviews
99 stars
attended Oct 12 2013

This is an opera to see, but one that is rarely presented as it is a major undertaking to stage with its large casts and changes of time and place, plus it requires numerous lead singers in roles which are especially challenging to sing. WNO has...continued

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22 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 16 2013

The production was just not very good. I think that's enough said.

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8 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 16 2013

It was a lovely evening. The cast was great, the voices wonderful and the conductor was amazing!

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__Performed in Italian with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

__ _ Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thursday, Oct. 24 Opera Insight, starting one hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start one hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes.

Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer’s mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.

__These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Force of Destiny.

__ Oct. 12 at 6:00pm Andrew Jorgensen, director of artistic planning

Oct. 16 at 6:30pm Francesca Zambello, artistic director

Oct. 18 at 6:30pm Michael Heaston, director, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Oct. 20 at 1:00pm Francesca Zambello

Oct. 22 at 6:30pm Andrew Jorgensen

Oct. 24 at 6:15pm Saul Lilienstein

Oct. 26 at 6:00pm Andrew Jorgensen

Stay after the performance for an artist Q&A on these dates:

Sunday matinee, October 20

Tuesday evening, October 22**

**Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.

All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket. _


Donna Leonora of Vargas: Adina Aaron (10/12, 16, 20, 24, 26), Amber Wagner (10/18 & 22)

Don Alvaro: Giancarlo Monsalve (10/12, 16, 20, 24, 26), Rafael Davila (10/18 & 22)

Don Carlo of Vargas: Mark Delavan (10/12, 16, 20, 24), Luca Salsi (10/18, 22, 26)

Preziosilla: **Ketevan Kemoklidze

Brother Melitone: *Valeriano Lanchas**

Father Guardiano: **Enrico Iori

Marquis of Calatrava: *Peter Volpe**

About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.