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Laura Swanstrom Reece is a sixteen-year resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, she is a philanthropist and fundraiser at heart. With experience in corporate and grass-roots fundraising, event production on an Olympic scale, and volunteer management, this entrepreneur and member of The Washington Ballet Women's Committee is passionate about supporting the arts and other non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make change in our nation's capital and beyond.

Play Ballo! Opera in the Outfield

For the third year in a row, Washingtonians have the opportunity to dine on chili dogs, beer, and popcorn while viewing a free, live simulcast of an operatic performance, courtesy of the Washington National Opera at Nationals Park Stadium.

The event, scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, September 19, features Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) and is expected to attract up to 20,000 people for free opera and “pre-game” activities in the festive ballpark atmosphere.  A Masked Ball will be broadcast live in high definition from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the Washington Nationals’ state-of-the-art HD scoreboard, among the largest in the country, measuring 4,811 square feet.  “Our free simulcasts are Washington National Opera’s gift to the city and to the public, in great thanks for all their support,” stated Plácido Domingo, General Director of Washington National Opera.

“Fans” are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the ballpark atmosphere, complete with concessions, kid-friendly activities and prizes.  Seating will be available throughout the Park, including on the outfield and in the stands.  “Pre-game” and intermission activities include a t-shirt toss, photo-ops with Nationals mascot Screech and a Mars M&M character, and a picnic contest sponsored by ABC7/WJLA-TV.  Prizes, giveaways, and raffle items will include opera ticket packages, baseball tickets and Target gift cards.  New this year, “fans” are invited to enter the “Take Me Out to the Opera” Songwriting Contest, penning original, opera-inspired lyrics for a chance to have their song performed live, and to win exclusive prize packages.

Patrons may visit www.OperaintheOutfield.org to learn more about the event and to register for free reserved seating.

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