Washington National Opera returning to Georgetown


Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.For one night only, sounds from Washington, D.C., will be heard in Sussex County, as for just $10, locals can enjoy a live performance of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Sponsored by the Freeman Stage at Bayside, the annual opera performance comes Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. to Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

“We often get the comment, ‘This is like bringing the Kennedy Center to the to Eastern Shore,’” said Doug Phillips, Freeman’s marketing and communications manager.

“To experience this international art form — it’s different. It’s a very natural art form, usually no audio amplification [for the voices],” he said.

Last year, a small screen showed subtitles so audiences could read English interpretations of lyrics in Italian, French and other languages.

This is about the fifth Young Artists performance with Freeman.

Theater acoustics work better, so after bad weather forced earlier performances indoors, the Freeman Stage continued the tradition every December.

“We wanted to have something to kind of extend our season to bring arts to the community … and keep awareness of the Freeman Stage,” Phillips said.

Besides the nighttime performance, the singers will arrive that morning to share opera with local school children.

“It’s also typically been participatory, so they bring kids onstage to do different parts of the opera,” Phillips said.

Last year, 400 Georgetown Elementary School students got the theater experience. Singers performed Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” while children dressed in costume, sang backup vocals and more.

The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is full-time for those who already have classical experience. It trains young singers, coach/accompanists, conductors and stage directors on the verge of international careers. The group has also performed in Beijing, Monte-Carlo, the White House, the Kennedy Center, U.S. Senate, Smithsonian Institution and numerous embassies.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers, performing at great halls in New York City, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Berlin, Madrid and more.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and are free for children. Tickets are recommended to be purchased beforehand, at www.FreemanStage.org, although seats may be available at the door. Seating is general admission.