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Day 65: Aida at The Barns

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Tonight, the Aida cast is working through the score with Maestro Daniele Callegari, aided in superb fashion by Justina Lee at the piano. (Seriously. Brava.) The voices permeate the timbers of the English Barn, and a good amount of Verdi is seeping out into the parking lot! What an enormously exciting concert this will be. You really have to

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Day 64: Blier in the House

The Cast of 2014 "A Houseful of Song"

The Cast of 2014 "A Houseful of Song"

There’s Rodgers & Hammerstein (and Rodgers & Hart… and more) coming from down the hall, and that can only mean one thing. Steve is here. 6 of our singers get to make music with him for the next 2 weeks, and on August 1 & 2 a few hundred lucky audience members will be the happy

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Days 60-63: Catching Up

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Instead of being chagrined that I fell off the daily blogging train, I should be proud that I almost made it to day 60, right? Let’s catch you up: Since Thursday, there have been an impromptu gospel concert… … closing night of the most ambitious opera we’ve ever done at The Barns… … and an inspiring

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Day 59: Michelle DeYoung, Amneris

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2015 Artist in Residence Michelle DeYoung is back this weekend, to continue her work with our young artists, host an artist panel discussion, and appear in Aida in Concert with the NSO. She’s going to be one busy lady… To whet your appetite for next Friday’s concert, drop in at about the 10:00 minute mark in this

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Day 58: Carl Tanner, Radamès

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Our concert performance of Aida is just around the corner (next Friday), and we want you to get as excited as we are! The NSO and our guest artists (all former WTO young artists in the early phases of their careers) are going to bring the full power and beauty of Verdi to the Filene Center. Today,

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Day 57: Soprano Alexandra Loutsion in the Artist Spotlight

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During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, as Butterfly rehearsals kick off, we hear from soprano Alexandra Loutsion, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. 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?

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Day 56: Tenor David Margulis in the Artist Spotlight

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During the 2015 season, the blog will feature interviews with our Filene Young Artists. Today, we hear from tenor David Margulis, Léon in The Ghosts of Versailles and Goro in Madama Butterfly. 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

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Day 55: Ampersand

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The department referenced in my job title contains a powerful ampersand. As in “Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming.” What the “&” means this weekend is that between our Friday and Sunday Ghosts of Versailles performances, I had the privilege of working with the National Symphony Orchestra on a beautiful evening of Romantic music. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (once I get

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Day 54: And Then This Happened

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Composer and librettist in the house. Rousing ovation. Tons of heart, soul and talent from the 73 people onstage and the many dozen more behind the scenes. It was a highly calculated and meticulously orchestrated leap of faith, and the rewards were more numerous that we could have imagined. Above, L-R: The Ghosts of Versailles stage director Louisa Muller,

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Day 53: Ghosts in the Post

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In tomorrow’s print edition of The Washington Post, and available now online, an interview with The Ghosts of Versailles composer John Corigliano. Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles” took 12 years to write — it wasn’t even premiered until 1991, a full eight years after the centenary season — and it called for, in its original form, two

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