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An Evening at the Opera


Washington Opera Society

La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington DC , US 20007

December 16, 2021 | 7pm


La Maison Française is proud to host Simon Charette, Kristin Sampson, and Kevin Short on December 16th for An Evening at the Opera

The Villa Albertine is delighted to present An Evening at the Opera at La Maison Française on December 16 at 7:00 with exceptional artists Simon Charette, pianist, Kristin Sampson, soprano, and Kevin Short, bass.

75 minutes without intermission – Discover the following line up:


Carmen, Georges Bizet, 1875

Votre toast, Je peux vous le rendre – Kevin Short – Escamillo

Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante – Kristin Sampson – Micaëla


Faust, Charles Gounod, 1859

Le veau d’or – Kevin Short – Méphistophélès

Ah, je ris de me voir – Kristin Sampson – Marguerite

Vous qui faites l’endormie – Kevin Short – Méphistophélès


Mefistofele, Arrigo Boito, 1868

L’altra notte in fondo al mare – Kristin Sampson – Margherita

Ecco il mondo – Kevin Short – Mefistofele


La Fanciulla del West, Giacomo Puccini, 1910

Ti voglio bene Minnie… – Kristin Sampson – Minnie & Kevin Short – Jack Rance

Minnie, dallla mia casa – Kevin Short – Jack Rance

Laggiù nel Soledad – Kristin Sampson – Minnie


Don Carlos, Giuseppe Verdi, 1867

Elle ne m’aime pas! – Kevin Short – Philippe II


La Wally, Alfredo Catalani, 1892

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana – Kristin Sampson – Wally


Tosca, Giacomo Puccini, 1900

Tosca divina, la mano mia – Kristin Sampson – Tosca & Kevin Short – Scarpia


Chère nuit, Melody by Alfred Bachelet, 1897

Kristin Sampson


About the artists:

Simon Charette – Simon serves as assistant conductor, chorus master and pianist for the Washington Opera Society. Recent productions include Lehar’s Land of Smile ​presented at the Austrian Embassy, Verdi’s Aida at the Egyptian Embassy, Bizet’s Carmen at the Embassy of France, and Kalman’s The Gypsy Princess at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, DC.

Kristin Sampson – Praised by the New York Times for her “bright, sizable and expressive voice,” Mexican-born, American soprano Kristin Sampson’s 2020-2022 engagements include a debut with Opera Grand Rapids as Liù in Turandot, a role debut as Marguerite in Faust with the Washington Opera Society, and summer concert performances with New York City Opera, and Festival of Nature at Lake Tizsa in Hungary.

Kevin Short – Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is thrilling audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen.

Snacks and light refreshments can be purchased at La Maison Française before the Evening at the Opera. Please note that proof of vaccination and ID will be required to enter the French embassy grounds.

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La Maison Française

Unique among French diplomatic missions, La Maison Française at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., offers an environment that encourages friendly relations between states, promotes outreach and cultural events, and serves as a center for professional and educational activities.

Washington Opera Society

The Washington Opera Society fills a void in the Nation’s Capital by producing rarely-done works of the great composers. 

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