Deborah Voigt first performed with the Washington National Opera in 2010 and returns to star as Isolde in "Tristan and Isolde," conducted by Philippe Auguin. (Photographs courtesy of the Washington National Opera)
Julia Mintzer (right), at the Washington National Opera with Shantelle Przybylo and James Shaffran, says, "People may not be able to control the coughing, but they can turn off their cellphones." (American Opera Initiative)
Francesco Meli as Werther becomes infatuated with Sonia Ganassi as Charlotte, who is engaged to another man, in "Werther." The Washington National Opera production closes May 27. (Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera)
Csilla Boross as Abigaille and Franco Vassallo as Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar II) in the Washington National Opera's production of "Nabucco." Its plot includes religious fundamentalism, nation-building, Middle East conflict and genocide. (Photograph provided by Washington National Opera)
Terry Cook as the murderous, possessive Crown (seated) and Indira Mahajan as Bess rehearse for Washington National Opera's recent production of "Porgy and Bess." (Washington National Opera via Associated Press)
The Washington National Opera's production of "Tosca" includes soprano Patricia Racette, tenor Frank Porretta and bass baritone Alan Held. Puccini's timeless masterpiece of passion and political intrigue opens the WNO's 2011-2012 season.
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Mezzo Olga Borodina and her husband, bass baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, sing as Mr. Domingo conducts during the Washington National Opera concert "An Evening with Olga and Ildar" in October 2009 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington.