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Christmas in April

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One of the best things about April is the design deadlines. (Well, maybe not from the perspective of the designers, but…)  Every few days brings new “gifts” to be unwrapped – a notification that costume sketches are ready for download or set model photos are waiting to be viewed. From here on out, the shows

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A Supertitle Sunday

Photo by Eric Melear

My Easter Sunday was probably not like yours. In my down time yesterday morning (I’ve been a church musician for 47 years, so this isn’t my first rodeo…), I tried to catch up on work by writing supertitles. But it was a little disorienting to sandwich Scarpia between services, and translating Tosca while in a church does create

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From 0 to 60*

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Just about 12 weeks ago, we were fresh off our fall audition tour, staring at an exciting and maddening void. No rep planned, no performances scheduled, no one hired. And somehow, tomorrow we go on sale. 3 opera productions on our main stages, 2 additional productions in exciting new places, a great 10th anniversary scenes program for our Studio

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Tosca: In Her Own Words

Photo by Eric Melear

Photo by Eric Melear

Tickets for Tosca and the rest of the 2017 season go on sale Saturday (3/18) at 10 am. Today’s inspiration comes courtesy of soprano Alexandra Loutsion, who sings the title role in our July 14 production on the big stage. What is it like to prepare an iconic role like this? How does Alex reconcile the psychological

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Wolf Trap Does Glass@80

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Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times, and the musical world marks his 80th birthday in 2017. WTO is happy to join in the celebration with two productions, as last fall’s audition tour included an unusually strong slate of singing actors for whom this idiom is a

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Lucretia’s Last Week

The Rape of Lucretia

It’s almost time for changeover on the video streaming site, but you have one more week to catch our 2016 Lucretia production! Sample some highlights: Tarquinius’ Aria Give him this orchid (Lucretia’s aria) Tarquinius’ Ride to Rome Time Treads Upon the Hands of Women Collatinus’ Forgiveness Or immerse yourself in the whole thing at wolftrap.org/streaming Next up:

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Touchstone: The Recipe

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Many rarely produced serious operas by Rossini have enjoyed recent outings in the U.S.: La donna del lago (Santa Fe and The Met), Ciro in Babilonia and Aureliano in Palmira (Caramoor), and Mosè in Egitto (NYCO) have been among them. But La pietra del paragone (The Touchstone) has been largely neglected*, and we’re about to change that. As always, the path to this show is

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Kickoff!

2017

What a summer it will be. And finally, it’s Facebook Official, and all spelled out on wolftrap.org. No matter what you’re craving (well, almost no matter what…), we’ve got you covered: In search of raw emotional arias and gutsy grand opera? Try Tosca How about vocal acrobatics, comedy, and the chance to cross a rarity off that opera bucket

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T Minus 48 Hours and Counting

Wolf Trap Opera-The Rakes Progress, 8-1-12

Yes, opera fans and friends, just two days until we rip the lid off our fantastic 2017 season! Watch this space and wolftrap.org/opera on Thursday, March 2. This blog has been quiet while we’ve been in our silent phase, but that’s all about to end. And just in case you can’t wait till then for your

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Poe, Glass, Halcyon & WTO

Philip Glass / Fall of the House of Usher

Wolf Trap Opera is thrilled to announce a new collaboration for summer 2017! We’re partnering with Halcyon Stage to produce Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher at Dock 5 at Union Market in Washington, D.C. this coming June. Returning artist Jonas Hacker joins first-year artists Ben Edquist and Madison Leonard in this new, one-night-only production directed

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