“There came a moment in my career as a globe-trotting director when I experienced an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to give back to the industry and to the arts in America. This came at the moment I was invited to lead the Glimmerglass Opera (and later renamed Festival) and I seized the challenge. For the last 12 years I am honored to have led WNO and GGF. I have overseen more than 100 productions and helped to build the next generations of artists and administrators.”

– Francesca Zambello

The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center

Artistic Director

2012-present with contract through 2027

Artistic Consultant


The Glimmerglass Festival

Artistic & General Director


As a director of the Glimmerglass Festival, Francesca was proud to be transforming the lives of children, youth, and new professionals in all aspects of theater through her many apprenticeship programs. She currently is the General Director, emerita of the Glimmerglass Festival and the Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.

The San Francisco Opera

Artistic Consultant


Skylight Opera Theater – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Co-Artistic Director


Opera Colorado

Associate Founder


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