Monthly Archives: February 2011

But Before the Summer…

Yes, we have a fabulous summer season on tap. But this spring has its own charms, in the form of the world premiere of The Inspector – a new comedy from John Musto & Mark Campbell – and a rare DC-area recital appearance by mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan opera artist Kate Lindsey (WTOC 2005, 2006). The
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Curiosity, Revenge, and Heartbreak: WTOC 2011

Announcing the 2011 Season of the Wolf Trap Opera Company! Featuring Wolf-Ferrari’s comedy The Curious Women, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Concerts include Couples: Getting Hitched & Getting Ditched with Steven Blier and Vocal Colors recitals in partnership with The Phillips Collection. Tickets go on sale Saturday,
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2011 Filene Young Artists

Announcing the 16 Filene Young Artists of the Wolf Trap Opera Company. 2011 season performance information will be available tomorrow! Lindsay Amman contralto Eric Barry tenor Margaret Gawrysiak mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti mezzo-soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine soprano Craig Irvin bass-baritone Kenneth Kellogg bass Ryan Kuster bass Angela Mannino soprano Catherine McKay Martin mezzo-soprano Michael Anthony McGee baritone
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We’re taking a brief break from our walk back through time in order to announce the artists and operas for our upcoming 40th Anniversary Season!   (We’ll head back to 1979 later this week.)

2011 Studio Artists

Announcing the 16 artists of the 2011 Wolf Trap Opera Studio! 2011 season performance information will be available on Monday, February 7. Jake Armstrong tenor Frederick Ballentine baritone Allegra De Vita mezzo-soprano Hunter Enoch baritone Calvin Griffin bass Jason Lee tenor Dustin Lucas tenor Amy Owens soprano Shea Owens baritone Stephen Pace baritone Jill Phillips
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WTOC 1979: Kiss Me Kate

My file on this show is pretty small, although it’s one of the 70’s-era productions that I’ve known about for a long time. The great soprano Evelyn Lear and the late great bass-baritone Thomas Stewart were (and Evelyn continues to be) friends and fans of the WTOC. They starred in this Kiss Me Kate in
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WTOC 1978: Duchess of Malfi

As we get ready for this spring’s premiere of The Inspector, it’s fascinating to look back at Wolf Trap’s first opera premiere – at the Filene Center in 1978. The file on this show is about three inches thick, largely with press clippings.  It was quite the story, both onstage and off. It seems that
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WTOC 1978: The Gondoliers

This Gondoliers marked the third time that the Filene Center was graced by the presence of baritone Donald Gramm. Recent alumni of the WTOC training program (which was formally on hiatus in 1978) filled out the cast. Mr. Gramm returned for several more performances over the next few years, both with the WTOC on with
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WTOC 1978: The Hiatus

At a casual glance, Wolf Trap Opera seems to have continued its normal operations in 1978. There were two opera productions at the Filene Center: The Gondoliers and a world premiere of The Duchess of Malfi – a new opera by Stephen Douglas Burton.  The 1970’s era general template was in place – guest artists
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