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Washington Concert Opera to Present Early Verdi Work in Concert Format

Sun., Sep. 22 (6pm): I masnadieri, Verdi’s tragic opera of love, deceit, loss, greed, and lust will be performed at Lisner Auditorium (21st & H Sts., NW). The performance will be preceded by a lecture at 5pm. Featured will be American tenor Russell Thomas as Carlo. Having performed to recent acclaim Simon Boccanegra at Covent Garden and in concert in London singing Verdi roles, this will be Thomas’ Washington debut. Also appearing will be baritone Scott Hendricks, who is becoming known for his extensive Verdi roles; Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa, who recently sung the role of Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metroplitan Opera; and Chinese bass Hao Jiang Tian who has sung celebrated basso-cantante roles at the Metropolitan opera for almost two decades. All will be joined by a stunning supporting cast of Rolando Sanz, Soloman Howard and José Sacin.

Single tickets, which will be mailed but held at the “will call” window for pickup on the evening of the performance, range in price from $40 to $110. To purchase, call (202) 364-5826 or order on-line at