The work that WTO does on its home stages reflects its core mission: To discover and promote the finest emerging talent in the opera field. Whether inside at The Barns at Wolf Trap or on the big amphitheatre stage of the Filene Center, the company relies on the venue’s resources to mount the quality productions that have become a hallmark of its training and reputation. But although the center of WTO’s programming remains on the Wolf Trap campus, the company is increasingly fortunate to be able to reach beyond these boundaries to touch new audiences and share new perspectives. These exciting additional performance opportunities are the essence of UNTRAPPED.
UNTRAPPED performances take WTO artists into various communities in the larger D.C. area, bringing the thrill of live vocal music to new places and unexpected spaces. They offer the opportunity to reach new patrons through partnerships with other organizations, and to take the beauty and power of live music to those who need it most.
UNTRAPPED: HALCYON STAGE
Partnership in all its varied forms is a cornerstone of great art, and WTO is pleased to partner with Halcyon Stage in its inaugural season. Led by artistic director Septime Webre, Halcyon Stage offers a fusion of innovative performances, transformative conversations, and experiences that push past traditional boundaries and limitations.
On Saturday, June 10, WTO singers and members of the Experiential Orchestra will perform a deconstructed recital beginning at noon at the main entrance and continuing throughout Union Market.The concert is designed to encourage audiences to find beauty in unexpected places, and to infuse Union Market and its surroundings with an artistic spirit and a feeling of community.
Wolf Trap Opera and Halcyon Stage join to present Philip Glass’s gothic chamber opera in a special one-night-only event on Saturday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m. A new immersive production directed by Septime Webre will take place at Dock 5 at Union Market and will be part of Glass@80 – a celebration of acclaimed American composer Philip Glass. The evening includes a meet-the-artists reception at 10pm, after the show.
Information on parking, tickets and more at halcyonstage.org/stage/current-season
UNTRAPPED: NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE + FESTIVAL
In residence at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center each summer, The National Orchestral Philharmonic (NOI) shares a common mission with Wolf Trap Opera: to advance the careers of talented young artists. Under the leadership of Richard Scerbo (recently named one of Musical America’s 2017 Innovators), the NOI presents a summer season of orchestral concerts, and WTO begins a new partnership with them in June 2017.
On Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m., members of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio will sing excerpts from opera and operetta on the opening NOI Pops concert, conducted by the Cincinnati Orchestra’s John Morris Russell.
On Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m., Filene Young Artist Madison Leonard will appear as the featured soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Asher Fisch.
More information at theclarice.umd.edu/noi/performances
UNTRAPPED: LISTEN, WILHELMINA!
In partnership with Wolf Trap Education, WTO commissions a brand new mini-opera for young fans. It will have its premiere in May 2017 as the featured performance of Wolf Trap Institute Field Trip Performance and will return in July as part of the 2017 Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods series.
Wilhelmina, Wallis, and Winston the Wombats are ready for their very first concert at Wolf Trap! The stage! The instruments! The maestro! But what is the audience supposed to do? With help from Ranger Nat, these three wombat friends learn how much fun music-making can be when they open their ears to listen. This interactive mini-musical is a perfect way to introduce children to the concert experience.
UNTRAPPED: COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Not all music lovers can travel to live performances, so WTO takes the gift of song to them. This summer, our artists will perform at multiple locations including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and several senior communities.
Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2017 Season Underwriters,
and Virginia McGehee Friend, 2017 UNTRAPPED Series Sponsor.