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Built in 1971 to realize the late President Kennedy's ambitions to bring culture to the American public, the Center has seen over 300 productions across ballet, theater and concerts created and stage at the complex. December 2014 saw the start of an ambitious expansion project that would reopen access from the Center to the Potomac River, as well as easier access to lower Georgetown and provide more space for visitors and performers to engage with.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars

    Opens Feb 12

  • Il Volo

    Feb 19, 2016

  • Mariinsky Ballet: Petipas Raymonda

    Opens Feb 23

  • Kinky Boots

    Opens Jun 14

  • Phantom Of The Opera

    Opens Jul 13

Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars

Eisenhower Theater

February 12-20, 2016

Based on the 1948 novel by Alan Paton, Kurt Weill began work on Lost in the Stars, his final stage work, just a few months after publication, eager to translate Paton's powerful image of life in aparthied South Africa into an equally emotional musical tragedy.

Il Volo

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

February 19, 2016

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers appeared on the popular Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard O Sole Mio. Having successfully survived the rocky road from talent show sensations to respected artists, this trio of Italian pop-opera teenage singers return to the US!

Mariinsky Ballet: Petipas Raymonda

Kennedy Center Opera House

February 23-28, 2016

The esteemed Mariinsky Ballet return for the 14th year with Petipa's mesmerizing Raymonda, the last of the Grand 19th Century Russian Ballets. One of the most influential companies in classical dance for the past 200 years, The Mariinsky continues to set the standard in stage production. After struggling for survival under the Soviet regime, the unrivalled company has firmly established its place on the world stage and gone on to display its unmistakable style in appearances around the globe.

Kinky Boots

Kennedy Center Opera House

June 14-July 10, 2016

Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's most successful new musicals, snapping up six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical! The uplifting show tells the tale of a failing family-run shoe factory in England whose business trajectory is changed (and saved!) thanks to the influence of a stiletto-wearing drag queen named Lola.

Phantom Of The Opera

Kennedy Center Opera House

July 13-August 20, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical is based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel of life beneath the stage. A secretive opera composer stalks the halls of the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with young ingenue Christine, and will stop at nothing to have her. This longstanding Eighties rock opera has received a full-scale update for new audiences without compromising on the glory of the original production.

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