E. Faye Butler as Wiletta Mayer with Garrett Neergaard as Eddie Fenton and Starla Benford as Millie Davis in the 2007 production Trouble in Mind at Baltimore’s Centerstage. Directed by Irene Lewis. Trouble in Mind runs from September 9-October 23, 2011. Photo by Richard Anderson.
The Washington National Opera will again host the free Opera in the Outfield on Thursday, Sept. 22. The simulcast viewing of Tosca will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Nationals Park gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with pre-opera activities, vendors, give-aways and more.

Tosca is the story of Floria Tosca’s attempt to save her lover’s life. Sept. 22 performance will star Patricia Racette as Tosca, Frank Porretta as Cavaradossi, Alan Held as Scarpia, Kenneth Kellogg as Angelotti, and Valeriano Lanchas as Sacristan.

The evening will also include performances by youth groups including the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, a double-dutch team from Greenbelt, MD; the Yorktown High School Marching band from Arlington, VA; and the Taratibu Pan-African Step Team from D.C. Prior to the simulcast there will be a screening of the famous Warner Bros. cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?”

Attendees can register for a chance to win a reserved seating at the park by registering on www.kennedy-center.org. Those who enter this contest are automatically entered to win a full season subscription for two to the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center’s 2011-2012 season. Registration for this contest closes Sept. 19.

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