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  • $55 for one ticket for Section-A seating (up to $110 value)
  • $47.50 for for ticket for Section-B seating (up to $95 value)
  • $30 for one ticket for Section-C seating (up to $60 value)
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When Queen Semiramide has to choose a successor to the court of Babylon, she must decide whether to follow her passions or propriety. The candidates are Assur, a prince who traces his descent back to Baal himself; Idreno, a king from a distant land; and Oroe, the High Priest of the Magi. Finally, there’s Arsace, the Commander of the Assyrian army and the man to whom Semiramide would give her heart—whether or not he feels the same way is uncertain. But unrequited love is just one of the themes in Semiramide. It also has a royal ghost, and plenty of wanton bloodshed, making it clear why 20th-century musicologist Rodolfo Celletti called Rossini’s masterpiece “the last opera of the great Baroque tradition: the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most complete; but also, irremediably, the last.”

Australian soprano Jessica Pratt stars as the ill-fated queen, demonstrating what the New York Times called “gleaming sound” and “free and easy high notes.” Legendary mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux plays the noble-hearted—if conflicted—Arsace, and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges rumbles as the scheming Assur. Rounding out the principal cast are rising tenor Taylor Stayton, whom Opera Today declared “deserving to be numbered on the short list of Rossini all-stars” as the Indian prince Idreno, and accomplished villain Evan Hughes as the priest Oroe.

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Promotional value expires Nov 22, 2015. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem 11/22 for a ticket at venue will call. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Washington Concert Opera

As their motto goes, "It's all about the music." Eschewing props, costumes, and staging for a focus on the sounds of voices and instruments, the Washington Concert Opera seeks to thrill audiences with performances by some of the profession's leading lights. Their stripped-down approach allows the company to focus on rarely produced works, from little-known Rossinis to classic Puccini B-sides.

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