Washington National Opera Extends Francesca Zambello’s Contract

By David Salazar

Francesca Zambello will continue to be a major fixture at the Washington National Opera through the 2020-21 season.

The famed director has extended her contract as Artistic Director for three more years following a unanimous vote by the WNO Board of Trustees.

“Francesca has transformed WNO since her arrival, and her retention as artistic director was vital in serving the strategic goals of this company as we enter our next act,” stated Ellen Berelson, Chair of WNO in a press release. “Francesca’s Ring Cycle’ was absolutely thrilling and it whetted our appetites for future insightful productions. Her dedication to both the classics and to American and other new works provides the perfect foundation for future Washington National Opera seasons.”

The news was also announced alongside the appointment of conductor Evan Rogister as Principal Conductor through the 2021-22 season. Per the press release, he will hold the same responsibilities as a music director.