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Washington National Opera
ADDRESS >>  2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite B100 Washington DC 20037 United States
PHONE >>  202-416-7841
FAX >>  202-416-4804

Washington National Opera (WNO) is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. Founded in 1956 and now an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the company boasts numerous artistic highlights, including world premieres, commissioning of new works and new productions, international tours, and performances by some of opera’s most admired artists. WNO productions have been heard around the world, through radio and television broadcasts on WETA-FM, NPR, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and PBS, as well as through audio and video recordings.

WNO recently launched the American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive new commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering and developing the talents of new American composers and librettists. WNO contributes to the future of opera through two other signature artist-development programs: the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is a leading resident-training program for artists on the verge of international careers, and the WNO Opera Institute nurtures the ambitions of high-school-age singers and pianists from across the nation during an intensive three-week summer program.

WNO’s education and access initiatives include year-round programs in public schools throughout the region; Generation O, a popular discount-ticket initiative for young people; and a variety of lectures and discussions for every production on the season calendar. Among the most popular of WNO’s community programs is M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield, which brings free, live simulcasts of opera to Nationals Park for thousands of opera fans as well as new audiences.


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Please visit the company's web site for more staff information.
Michael Mael
Executive Director

David Foti
Production Director

Michael Heaston
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Director

Andrew Jorgensen
Director of Artistic Planning

Marsha LeBoeuf
Costume Director

Ginger Rogers
Director, Education

Paul Taylor
Technical Director

David Butler
Manager of Production Services

Patrick Davey
Manager, WNO Individual Campaigns

Aaron Doty
Orchestra Personnel & Operations Manager

Shelley Friedman
Music Librarian

Steven Gathman
Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master

Monica Holt
Manager, Marketing

Richard Kidwell
Opera House Manager

David Mozur
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Manager

Stephen Planas
Manager, WNO Corporate and Foundation Relations

Michael Solomon
Senior Press Representative

Stefanie Wallace
Manager of Production Scheduling

Christy Blackham
Associate Technical Director

Mark Hamberger
Associate Costume Director

Abigail McCarthy
Costume Stock Associate

Ken Weiss
Music Administrator/Head Coach, Young Artist Program

Andrea Bachinski
Production Coordinator

Timm Burrow
Senior Costume Coordinator

Miriam Engel
Artist Services Coordinator

Katie LeDoux
Artist Contracts Coordinator

Kathryn Ruff
Administrative Coordinator

Lynly Saunders
Costume Coordinator

Elizabeth Ventura
Rehearsal Coordinator

Stefanie Yoselle
Properties Coordinator

Colin Brush
Artistic Department Assistant

Fall 2014 Magazine Issue
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  • Preparing for Klinghoffer
  • Emerging Artists: Act One

Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.