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Nationals Park to Host Washington National Opera With Rossini’s ‘Cinderella’


Washington National Opera will present Rossini’s romantic comedy Cinderella at Nationals Park on Saturday, August 28, as part of the returning of “Opera in the Outfield” after three years.

It will be a celebration of the resuming of the 12th year of free opera broadcasts at Nationals Park.

Gates for the free event will open at 5 pm for pre-show activities, including the 20-minute family opera Elephant & Piggie present SLOPERA!: A Bite-Sized Opera, which is Mo Willem’s first opera.

An HD broadcast of Houston Grand Opera’s 2015 production of Cinderella will start at 7 pm. It stars Isabel Leonard, Maxim Mironov, Simone Alberghini, Paolo Bordogna, and Shenyang, and will be performed in Italian with projected English titles.

It will be hosted by General Director Timothy O’Leary and Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

Seating will be on a first come first served basis.

“One of our goals at the Washington National Opera is to make opera more accessible to everyone, and what a better way to return to that commitment than to welcome opera lovers and new friends back to Opera in the Outfield,” said O’Leary in a statement.

“Our signature community event offers something for everyone where friends and families can enjoy games, food, beer, and of course, one of our favorite productions under a starry sky on the big screen. So bring your blanket to sit on the field or grab a seat in the stands. We guarantee a good time for all with a shortened 90-minute version of Cinderella,” he continued.

Nationals Park is located at 1500 South Capitol Street Southeast, Washington, DC. Metro is the easiest way to access the venue. Take Metro’s Green Line to Navy Yard-Ballpark station. It’s just a half block from Nationals Park. There are also more than 57,000 parking spaces at Metro stations. (You can check WMATA for information on Metrorail and Metrobus service to the Nationals Park.)

For more details on the event, click here.

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