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Opera Vivente’s mission is twofold: to attract new audiences to opera through innovative and unusual productions and to support local talent in both the performance and design realms. Our intimate performance space in the heart of the Mt. Vernon Cultural District creates an exciting bond between performers and audience, and we encourage audience members to be energized and to respond emotionally to what’s happening on stage. Performances exclusively in English allow you to focus on the drama – not on reading cumbersome supertitles. Audience members will experience many works that would otherwise not be presented in the area, as well as innovative and thoughtful stagings of standard works.

Opera Vivente is committed to casting local singers and to fostering local talent in scenic, lighting, costume and wig/makeup design. No other company in the region has this commitment to local professional talent. To further your understanding of and engagement with our company we offer pre-performance talks, where you may join general director John Bowen and various members of the company for an in-depth discussion of the operas, composers, and design concepts behind this season’s productions. The talks begin 45 minutes before every performance and last approximately 30 minutes.


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