Announcing Our 2016 Gala Artists!

We are pleased to announce the artists for WCO's 2016 Gala: A Night at the Opera, on Thursday, May 12 at the Carnegie Institution for Science!

Joanna Parisi                                                     Nicholas Pallesen

Joanna Parisi                                                     Nicholas Pallesen

Soprano Joanna Parisi has been applauded for her thrilling voice and acting ability in opera houses around the world. In March 2016, she was named one of WQXR Classical's "Forty Under Forty: Next Generation of Great Opera Singers". In 2015, she performed the title role in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with LoftOpera and was praised for her "big, spinto voice with confident flexibility" (NY Observer) and "scintillating performance" (The New York Times). Recent engagements include Margherita in Mefistofele with both Théâtre du Passage and Theatre Equilibre, Micaëla in Carmen with Teatro Antico di Taormina, and Leonora in Il Trovatore at Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. An active recording artist, she can be heard on the Capriccio label's album, Verdi Lieder, with tenor Ramón Vargas. 

Baritone Nicholas Pallesen is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising talents of his generation and has been praised for his "authority and tonal beauty," "handsome, stylish singing," "depth of feeling," and his "formidable portrayal in bearing and voice." This season, he returns to New Orleans Opera as Falke in Die Fledermaus, the Metropolitan Opera in various roles, English National Opera, and makes debuts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Oper Köln. Pallesen is the winner of the Giulio Gari, Sullivan Foundation, and Opera Index competitions, and is an alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center and apprentice programs at Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. 

For more information and tickets, please call 202-364-5826. We look forward to seeing you there!