Aretha Franklin And Tony Award-Winning Stars Join WNO’s Trading Voices Gala

Photograph of Aretha Franklin. Photographed in Detroit, MI April 7th, 2014

The Washington National Opera has announced that legendary Queen of Soul and Kennedy Center Honoree Aretha Franklin, Tony-winning Broadway luminary Brian Stokes Mitchell, and current Hamilton star Jordan Donica will perform at the 2017 WNO Opera Gala, Trading Voices.

The stars will join mezzo-soprano and D.C. native, Denyce Graves, Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., and, soprano Renée Fleming in a concert that will see the opera singers performing popular songs and the pop singers performing opera arias. The Concert will also feature a new short film that demonstrates both the relevance of opera and how much of the operatic repertoire is present in everyday life.

The WNO orchestra will be conducted by Music Director Philippe Auguin and Steven Mercurio in his WNO debut.

The gala will honor WNO Board Chairman Jacqueline Badger Mars for her six seasons with the company and for helping identify rising American composers and librettists.

The gala is slated for Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Kennedy Center Opera House.



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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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