Washington National Opera to Open Season with ‘Grounded’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington National Opera is set to open its 2023–2024 season with the world premiere of “Grounded.”

The opera, which is set to be presented between Oct. 28–Nov.13, is composed by two-time Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori with a libretto adapted by George Brant from his eponymous play. The opera will be directed by Michael Mayer.

“Grounded” tells the story of Jess, an accomplished F-16 fighter pilot who is “grounded” from flying because of an unexpected pregnancy. When returning to duty, she is reassigned to combat by operating lethal drones from a trailer in Las Vegas, thousands of miles away from the battlefield.

The cast will be led by Emily D’Angelo and will also include Joseph Dennis, Morris Robinson, Frederick Ballentine, Kyle Miller, and Teresa Perrotta. Daniela Candillari conducts the Washington National Opera Orchestra.

The opera is a co-commission between the Washington National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.