Announcing our 2020-2021 virtual season.

Like many other performing arts institutions in the United States and across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to reshape the way we approach our upcoming season. Performances held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have been cancelled until next spring. As a result, our season will consist of filmed recitals presented by the artists who would have given live performances here in Washington, DC. Information regarding virtual tickets and viewing the performances can be found under the ‘Buy Tickets’ tab or on each of the artist pages below.

We are committed to keeping the art of song alive and well now, more than ever! Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we, like everyone else, move through these uncharted waters. Stay safe, and we hope you will join us this season.

Presenting the beauty of song.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our 2020-2021 season of exciting new artists in their Washington solo debut recitals, as well as the return of popular favorites. Lend your ears to these remarkable, diverse voices for a transcendent experience, all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Matthew Polenzani, tenor
Natalia Katyukova, pianist

No American tenor of his generation has amassed a more loyal or sizeable following than Matthew Polenzani. His limpid, impeccably clear tenor and honest musicianship have graced every symphony hall, opera house, and concert platform of distinction, and he has an enviable discography and videography.

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Adam Nielsen, pianist

A northern Virginia native whose wide-ranging, rich bass-baritone led him to studies at Juilliard following an undergraduate sociology degree from Harvard, Davóne Tines has become a favored muse to inspire and create new works by such composers as Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, and Matthew Aucoin, among others.

Lise Davidsen, soprano
James Baillieu, pianist

Young Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen has everyone in the world of classical music talking about her stunning, once-in-a-generation instrument and her charismatic communicative power.

In the meantime,

you can access the video recording of our recital with soprano Lisette Oropesa for free!

Accompanied by Vlad Iftinca, this program was given in March of 2017 at the Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC, and featured works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Fernando Obradors.

A very special thanks to Ms. Oropesa and the team at ArtsLaureate for permitting use of these recordings. Ms. Oropesa’s appearance with Vocal Arts DC was made possible in part by a generous contribution from Dr. Yolanda Oertel (1938-2020)

“While the ongoing global pandemic makes gathering in our home theater of the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center (or in any theater) impossible for the foreseeable future, we are excited to offer a series of all new virtual concerts by those singers we would have otherwise presented live.”

Peter Russell, General Director

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