NEWS: Christopher Allen to Make WNO, Kennedy Center Debut

Washington National Opera

Christopher Allen will make his Washington National Opera debut in the 2016/17 season, leading the WNO Orchestra in a new production of Donizetti’s delightful comedy The Daughter of the Regiment, November 12–20, 2016, in the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The opera, a rollicking combination of slapstick comedy and innocent romance, is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers. Sharing the role of Tonio, who must sing the daunting nine high Cs in the show-stopping aria “Ah, mes amis,” are American tenors Lawrence Brownlee, a favorite of WNO audiences last seen in 2009’s The Barber of Seville, and Juan José De León in his WNO debut. Sharing the role of Marie, the spunky canteen girl adopted by the entire regiment, are sopranos Lisette Oropesa, fresh off her role in WNO’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Andriana Chuchman, who charmed audiences in WNO’s Show Boat in 2013.

In-demand bass Kevin Burdette is the bumbling Sulpice in his WNO debut, and mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, a former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist, returns as the Marquise of Birkenfeld. The brand-new WNO production is directed by acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer Robert Longbottom.