Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)
Giuseppe Verdi — Selected works (arias TBA)
Ruggero Leoncavallo — Selected works (arias TBA)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Selected works (arias TBA)
Carlos SimonDon't Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late! (world premiere)

Join hosts Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor Renée Fleming and inaugural Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems for a family-friendly event exploring our strongest emotions through one of the world’s most dramatic genres…opera!

Together with the Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artists, Mo and Renée present famous arias as you've never heard them before, bursting with Mo-ified lyrics to explore the range of human emotions in a way audiences new and old can appreciate and enjoy.

Feel the joy of playing with 10,000 puppies through the music of Verdi, the despair of not having ice cream through Leoncavallo, and the anger and frustration of not being able to ride a bike through Mozart. And—as a special bonus for the evening—enjoy a world premiere performance of the new WNO commission, Don't Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late!, composed by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon and featuring The Pigeon's dramatic operatic debut.

Music directed and conducted by David Hanlon. Directed by Felicia Curry.

Most enjoyed by ages 5+.

Sunday, April 23 at 2pm is a sensory-friendly performance: Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation: Following the performance on Sunday, April 23 at 2pm, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories from the show’s artists and creative team.