Lucretia on WETA

The Rape of Lucretia

Just a quick reminder to tune in to Classical WETA 90.9 FM at 1 pm tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, to hear a radio broadcast of our 2016 production of Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia.

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Tenor Jonas Hacker in the Spotlight


What makes tenor Jonas Hacker tick? Pink Floyd, Alfredo Kraus, Radiohead and “Come scoglio” among other inspirations! Which experience(s) most influenced your decision to become a professional singer? What’s the earliest point in your life that you can identify in pointing you in this direction? I think my dad was my greatest influence in becoming

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Touchstone Takeoff


Monday morning’s Touchstone costume design presentation included phrases like “Jay Gatsby Meets the Kardashians” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Regency.” What a fun and witty approach to this show! (Or, as director E. Loren Meeker is fond of saying, “fabulously wackadoodle”:)) There’s great dramaturgy and design behind the fun, though. Erik Teague’s costumes honor the period of origin, allowing us

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“You see the fire of the evening…”


Steven Blier continues to blog about his upcoming Four of a Kind Wolf Trap concert (June 3 & 4)! Today’s installment focuses on Poulenc’s “Tu vois le feu du soir” – “Poulenc’s music glides like a gentle boat ride, rapt with adoration and appreciation. It was the composer’s favorite song, and his longest.” Poulenc: Tu vois le feu

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A Target No One Else Can See


Yesterday I had the honor of receiving the 2017 Mason Arts Award from George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. I spoke briefly during their convocation, addressing graduates in Art, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music and Theater. Here’s a rough transcript.   It is truly an honor

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We’re On the Radio!


Catch a radio broadcast of our 2016 production of Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria this Saturday (May 20) at 1:00 on fabulous Classical WETA 90.9! (Featuring commentary by yours truly…) This is the production that prompted Opera News to report “Just when you think Wolf Trap Opera can’t keep churning out imaginative and surprising productions, darned if it doesn’t happen again.” And don’t

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Hi-ho, Four of a Kind!


Today and tomorrow, we are fortunate to hear from Steve Blier of the New York Festival of Song. On today’s NYFOS blog (No Song is Safe from Us), Steve shares his excitement about his upcoming Four of a Kind performances at The Barns: Gershwin: Hi-Ho!  

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Getting Ready to Listen

Wilhelmina Rehearsal

The first week of rehearsals for Listen, Wilhelmina! is in the books. Ranger Nat and wombats Winston, Wallis and Wilhelmina will perform this brand new opera for 3,000 preschoolers in mid-May. (And you can catch a show – with or without a preschooler in tow – in July!) I mentioned to librettist Kathleen Kelly and composer David

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