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Opera House (DC)

2700 F Street, Washington, DC, USA
Seats (approximate): 2146

It is 8:05 PM in the Kennedy Center Opera House. You take your seat for a performance of a world-famous ballet company, opera or the season's hottest musical. As the house lights dim, the unseen oboist in the orchestra pit sounds a single pitch. He is joined by woodwinds, brass, and strings as they tune their instruments. The evening's conductor makes his way through the pit, acknowledges both the orchestra and the audience's applause, and lifts his baton. With a wave of his hand, the performance begins. The music fills the hall, but the musicians are nearly invisible to you. Who are they? Have they traveled with this renowned production from Moscow, London, or Broadway? Actually, they are members of this community, and may live just down the street from you. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Kennedy Center, and provides the music for most ballet and musical productions that take place at the Center. Additionally, this orchestra has performed on the Millennium Stage numerous times and performs annually on the Concert Hall stage as part of the Messiah Sing Along. This same body of musicians provides the music for all of The Washington Opera performances under the name The Washington Opera Orchestra. Every year we reach a national audience with the CBS television broadcast of the Emmy® Award-winning Kennedy Center Honors. Spend a few moments and learn a bit more about the history of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.


Productions Production Dates
The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Jul 18, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jun 13, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Dec 14, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Play, Original
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
Oct 05, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 13, 2016 - Aug 20, 2016
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Jun 14, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Dec 15, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Oct 06, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 16, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Jan 06, 2015 - Jan 11, 2015
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 16, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Evita - 2013
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sep 30, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 17, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014
Elf
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Matthew Sklar; Book by Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Dec 17, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014
Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 29, 2013 - Nov 10, 2013
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Sep 24, 2013 - Oct 06, 2013
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 09, 2013 - Aug 18, 2013
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 11, 2013 - Jul 07, 2013
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2012
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 11, 2012 - Jan 06, 2013
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Nov 20, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Oct 23, 2012 - Nov 11, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Jul 10, 2012 - Jul 29, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Jun 12, 2012 - Jul 01, 2012
Come Fly Away
Musical, Original, Dance
Concept and Book by Twyla Tharp
Apr 17, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012
Billy Elliot The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Dec 12, 2011 - Jan 15, 2012
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Sep 27, 2011 - Oct 30, 2011
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jun 14, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Dec 14, 2010 - Jan 16, 2011
Hair
Musical, Revival, Fantasy
Oct 26, 2010 - Nov 21, 2010
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Jun 29, 2010 - Aug 22, 2010
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Dec 15, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 30, 2009 - Aug 09, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Dec 16, 2008 - Jan 11, 2009
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 24, 2008 - Aug 24, 2008
My Fair Lady
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Dec 25, 2007 - Jan 20, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 19, 2007 - Aug 12, 2007
The Light in the Piazza
Musical, Original
Music by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas; Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Dec 19, 2006 - Jan 07, 2007
Little Women
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Jun 27, 2006 - Jul 23, 2006
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Dec 20, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 12, 2005 - Aug 21, 2005
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Dec 07, 2004 - Dec 26, 2004
The Producers - Max
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Jun 22, 2004 - Aug 22, 2004
Aida
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 09, 2002 - Aug 18, 2002
Cinderella
Musical, Original
Dec 18, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002
Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Jul 03, 2001 - Aug 05, 2001
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Apr 25, 2001 - May 13, 2001
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Jul 04, 2000 - Jul 30, 2000
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Jul 07, 1999 - Aug 22, 1999
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Jan 20, 1998 - Feb 15, 1998
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 23, 1997 - Jan 18, 1998
The King and I - 1997
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Apr 16, 1997 - May 18, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Dec 10, 1996 - Jan 12, 1997
The Phantom of the Opera - Raoul
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 17, 1996 - Oct 05, 1997
Beauty & The Beast - First National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Jun 01, 1996 - Sep 29, 1996
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Sep 12, 1995 - Oct 08, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 16, 1995 - Jun 18, 1995
The Who's Tommy
Musical, Original
Dec 20, 1994 - Jan 22, 1995
Miss Saigon - First National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 07, 1994 - Oct 02, 1994
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Dec 21, 1993 - Jan 30, 1994
The Phantom of the Opera - Raoul
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 22, 1993 - Oct 03, 1993
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Apr 13, 1993 - May 30, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Dec 22, 1992 - Jan 31, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Aug 27, 1992 - Sep 27, 1992
Bye Bye Birdie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Lee Adams
Dec 25, 1991 - Jan 26, 1992
The Phantom of the Opera - Raoul
Musical, Original, Drama
May 28, 1991 - Sep 28, 1991
Les Misérables - First National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jul 05, 1988 - Oct 15, 1988