Washington National Opera

Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-295-2400 or visit www.dc-opera.org. This fall's Look-In program, for students in grades 3 through 6, features Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." For information, call 202-416-8835. For information on Generation O, which offers discount tickets for ages 18 to 35, visit the Web site or call 202-295-2495.

"Trilogy: Domingo and Guests in Three Acts" -- Placido Domingo stars in excerpts from Umberto Giordano's "Fedora," Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" and Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow." Saturday through Oct. 9.

"I Vespri Siciliani" -- Verdi's tale of love and death in 13th-century Sicily, starring Maria Guleghina and Franco Farina. Through Oct. 4.

"Porgy and Bess" -- A new production of George and Ira Gershwin's jazz-inspired saga of Catfish Row. Oct. 29 through Nov. 19.

Virginia Opera

George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 866-673-7282 or www.vaopera.org.

"La Traviata" -- Violetta, Alfredo and Verdi's classic take on the 19th-century Parisian demimonde. Oct. 14 and 16.

"Romeo and Juliet" -- Shimmering love duets in Charles Gounod's romantic-beyond-belief adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Dec. 2 and 4.

China National Peking

Opera Company

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, part of the center's month-long Festival of China. 202-467-4600 or www.kennedy-center.org.

"Female Generals of the Yang Family" -- The company returns for the first time in 25 years with this tale of a family of widows seeking revenge for their husbands' deaths. Oct. 13-15.

Baltimore Opera

Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-727-6000 or www.baltimoreopera.com.

"La Traviata" -- Oct. 22-30.

"La Sonnambula" -- Vincenzo Bellini's tale of love, jealousy and the dangers of sleepwalking.

Nov. 12-20.

Washington Performing

Arts Society

Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Cecilia Bartoli -- A recital by the acclaimed Italian mezzo-soprano, with music by Handel, Scarlatti and others. Oct. 26.

Catholic University

Hartke Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416 or performingarts.cua.edu/comingevents.cfm.

"Regina" -- Marc Blitzstein's 1949 opera of capitalist corruption and Southern gentility, based on Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes." Oct. 28-29.

Washington Concert Opera

George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-364-5826 or


"Il Tabarro" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" -- A pair of great one-act operas, the first by Giacomo Puccini, the other by Pietro Mascagni. Oct. 30.

National Philharmonic Opera

Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100 or


"The Magic Flute" -- A "simply staged" version of the classic opera, part of the ensemble's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Nov. 5.

Opera Theatre of

Northern Virginia

Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-528-1433 or


"The Barber of Seville" -- Gioacchino Rossini's great comic opera of romantic intrigue and the eponymous barber who sets it all in motion. Nov. 13-19.

Vocal Arts Society

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 202-467-4600 or www.vocalartssociety.org.

Frederica von Stade -- A recital by the celebrated mezzo-soprano in a program that also includes baritone Richard Stilwell. Dec. 10.