Washington National Opera Gala with Aretha Franklin, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, and More 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Washington National Opera (WNO) Gala will hold an opera “crossover” concert event entitled Trading Voices featuring Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, Grammy Award winning legend Aretha Franklin, multi-award winning mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. from the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton. Odom will join Jordan Donica, the current Marquis de Lafayette from Broadway’s Hamilton, performing together for the very first time. This special concert event will be performed with the WNO Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., Saturday, June 3, 2017.
June 2, 2017 Update: Washington National Opera (WNO) announces that Cynthia Erivo, the Tony Award winning star of Broadway’s The Color Purple, will now be added to perform at the 2017 WNO Opera Gala.
As an exciting conclusion to its 2016–2017 season the concert portion of this year’s WNO Opera Gala will feature the WNO Orchestra and along with these musical stars who will pay special tribute to Jacqueline Mars’s visionary leadership of WNO. Renée Fleming is the Artistic Advisor at Large at the Kennedy Center and Denyce Graves is D.C. native.