Kennedy Center Announces 2022-23 Performances For Young People

By Afton Wooten

The Kennedy Center announced its performances for young people that will take place during the 2022-23 season.

There will be a variety of events for families and children ages 5 and up. For this article, we will only focus on opera-related pieces.

Composer of “Parable of the Sower: The Opera,” Toshi Reagon’s new piece “The Day You Begin” makes its world premiere this season. “The Day You Begin” is an adaptation of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s popular picture book. Woodson’s book is a #1 New York Times bestseller and was featured on Netflix’s original show “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.” The musical story talks about finding courage when you are afraid. Charlotte Brathwaite directs.

Performance Date: Nov. 19 – Dec. 18, 2022

Renée Fleming and Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems, along with the Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artists will present a special performance about strong emotions. “The Ice Cream Truck is Broken! & Other Emotional Arias” is told through famous opera arias with “Mo-ified” lyrics.

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late!” by Composer-in-Residence, Carlos Simon will make its operatic debut on the same bill.

Performance Date: April 22 & 23, 2023

All events will have a sensory-friendly show on the final performance day.