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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The Beauty of Song

Ailyn Perez

Ailyn Pérez is in the heart of an astonishing career. She comes to The Barns between her run of Mimìs in La bohème at the Met and an engagement for Violetta in La traviata at La Scala. She’s just as excited about her upcoming Wolf Trap performance as she is about its starry book-end engagements. (Tickets here.) Wolf Trap Opera

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Save the Dates: Summer 2017


Planning your summer opera travel? Even though our season won’t be announced until early March, I am happy to share our performance dates for your consideration as you make plans for next summer. (As some folks remind me every year, it’s not nearly as helpful as having actual repertoire and casting information. But it’s something, right? :)) 2017 PRODUCTIONS

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Speedo, Ailyn & Alyson Back at The Barns

Perez Green Cambridge

We love it when WTO alumni come back to the Trap, and we’re looking forward to welcoming 3 of them over the next couple of months! In just a little over a week, Ryan Speedo Green will talk about his new book and sing a few arias as part of “Voices Uplifted!” – a December 12

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The Road to 2017: From the Marathon to the Math

Barns Auditions

The singing is over, and the work has begun. The Marathon: Audition Tour By the Numbers 21 days on the road 822 arias heard (at an average of 4 minutes per aria, that’s 55 hours; roughly 4 Ring cycles.) 10,344 miles traveled 9 airplanes, 2 rental cars, dozens of cabs and Ubers 95,724 words written as audition

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The Road to 2017: Houston


We love Houston, and its auditions are always a game-changer for us. A bonus this week was dress rehearsal of the HGO Elixir of Love, which featured 4 Trappers in the cast! We loved seeing Dimitri Pittas, Nicole Heaston, Michael Sumuel and Alicia Gianni onstage at the Wortham. Aria Talk It’s hard to believe but it took until Day

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The Road to 2017: Cincinnati


We’re heading out of Ohio tonight, after 3 productive days at CCM. This site is a particularly strong magnet for potential Studio Artists, with strong singing from students enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Florida State University,

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Measuring Stick: For Sopranos Only


Today, a diversion from our audition tour travels: Enjoy this audition season poem for light lyric sopranos, courtesy of a talented yet anonymous WTO alumna poet. Measuring Stick The measuring stick that is used for sopranos has quite a varied hue, And if the height of talent reaches a certain mark, still no one will no

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The Road to 2017: Chicago

Chicago Panel

First, we’ve received a few questions on Monday’s post, which referenced the finalists for our audition tour. A bit of clarification: We use our callback system as an indication of whether or not we are carrying you forward for possible casting in 2017. Here’s how it works: You can find your callback status by logging into your

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The Road to 2017: NYC Rearview


Before we hop on the plane to Chicago… Bravo, New York! I think this is the strongest series of auditions we’ve held in NYC for over a decade. Thank you all! So sorry that we couldn’t carry more singers forward as finalists for 2017, but it has been a super strong field this year. Some

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