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The Library of Congress was right to name the 1957 Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” to the National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” films. It is all three. And in this attention-deficit age, how better to experience Wagner’s operas than in a brightly colored, seven-minute animated short? As cartoon- music professor Daniel Goldmark says, “It’s everything that, from a culturally mediated standpoint, we need to know about Wagner, rolled up and spat back to us in a format we can really appreciate.” Certainly, Elmer Fudd as a crusading Siegfried singing “Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!” to the tune of “Ride of the Valkyries” and Bugs masquerading as Brünnhilde are some of the best bits of operatic casting ever. The National Symphony Orchestra will add live accompaniment to this and such musical ‘toons as “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Long-Haired Hare,” “A Corny Concerto,” and others in a program of “Bugs Bunny on Broadway.” Top this, Placido. The show starts at 8:30 p.m (see City List for other dates) at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $18-$38. (703) 218-6500. (Dave Nuttycombe)