What’s your musical preference? Opera or rock and roll? This September see both in Southwest.Washington National Opera’s fifth annual Opera in the Outfield will be a live broadcast of the performance of Don Giovanni from the Kennedy Center on Saturday, September 29. This is a free community event to watch the opera on the high-definition screen at Nationals Park. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the Don Giovanni simulcast begins at 7 p.m. Seating will be available on the outfield grass (weather permitting) and in the stands.

In addition to the opera simulcast, the M&M’s Opera in the Outfield features “pre-game” activities, giveaways and other entertainment such as lessons in stage combat and flamenco dancing. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere.

Arena Stage’s first musical presentation of the 2012-13 season is about the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Janis Joplin. The musical portrait of the artist is filled with her classic songs (“Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”) as well as  spotlighting trailblazers who influenced Janis like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP0quYs-yNQ for a preview of this event.

  • WHAT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Biography One Night with Janis Joplin
  • WHERE: Kreeger Theater
  • WHEN: Sept. 29-Nov. 4
  • TICKETS AND INFORMATION: Call 202-554-9066 (General) or  202-488-3300 (Sales) or check online at www.arenastage.org/
  • SOUTHWEST NIGHT: October 31 at 7:30
  • WHAT: Opera in the Outfield with Mozart’s Don Giovanni
  • WHERE: Nationals Park
  • WHEN: Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
  • TICKETS: Free but reserved tickets available beforehand
  • INFORMATION: On August 21, Washington National Opera will be relaunching www.operaintheoutfield.org with complete information on the event.

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