Monuments of Hope at Washington National Opera

Mezzo J’Nai Bridges and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny perform in front of D.C.’s most iconic monuments—representing our collective memories and shared hope for a more perfect future.

This performance is part of the Washington National Opera’s “Come, Hope” project, an initiative of Washington National Opera, takes its title from an aria in Fidelio, an opera that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.

In this time, which has tested the human spirit like none other in recent memory, we summon hope through the power of the arts.

Monuments of Hope, the first installment in the series, offers a space for reflection on our past, present, and future.

As we remember the lives of the many men and women memorialized in Washington, D.C., we are inspired by their achievements even as we remember — and seek to transcend — the darker truths that have been part of our collective history.