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Topic - Michael Mael
When the financially strapped Washington National Opera became affiliated with the Kennedy Center a year ago, some skeptical WNO members likened it to putting one's head into the open mouth of a lion that hadn't had its lunch. What a difference a year can make.
Mr. Mael said the WNO is in no hurry to choose a successor, but the company is "looking at our options."
"The affiliation went incredibly smoothly, exceeding everyone's expectations," said Michael Mael, executive director of the WNO, on Wednesday. "There were opportunities for it to go wrong, but the Kennedy Center welcomed us like an old member of the family after a long absence. [The WNO] was never made to feel unwelcome; they embraced us."