The Art of Pleasure: Montsalvatge and the Sea


Steve Blier arrived at the Trap yesterday, and the luxurious sounds of The Art of Pleasure are filling the building! We’re doubly fortunate that Steve is writing about this show on the NYFOS Song of the Day blog. From today’s installment: The opening section [of The Art of Pleasure] is devoted to songs about the seaside and the

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Do You Hear What I Hear?


I’m admittedly sheepish about the fact that my emergence from pre-season blog hibernation has been prompted by internet clickbait. Nevertheless, here we are on the cusp of the summer, and the blog shall now resume brimming with information and excitement! But before it does, we must take a moment to talk about Yanny and Laurel. If this makes no sense

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Meet the 2018 Wolf Trap Opera Artists!

2018 Filene Artists

The 2018  Filene Artists Visit Wolf Trap’s website for performance listings to see what these amazing young professionals are singing this summer! Shows go on sale to the general public on February 17. (Wolf Trap members have access to tickets starting next week… I’m just sayin’…:)) SOPRANO MEZZO-SOPRANO TENOR BARITONE BASS-BARITONE / BASS Introducing the 2018

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NYFOS at The Barns for A’s and B’s!


Two big things coming up next week… We announce the 2018 Wolf Trap Opera season on February 1, and WTO favorite Steven Blier comes to The Barns on February 2! Steve is bringing the New York Festival of Song’s Arias and Barcarolles program to Wolf Trap, as part of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration. The performance features duo pianos

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Save the Dates: Summer 2018


Even though repertoire and casting details aren’t available yet, I am happy to share next summer’s performance dates so you may consider them as you plan your opera festival and vacation travels. (Of course, I realize that without repertoire info attached, this is incomplete at best. So, no need to remind me… But some of

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Hearing with All the Senses

Sound wave

In the wake of this fall’s audition tour, we are furiously programming and casting next summer’s season. It’s a quiet time of the year for the blog, but I had to take a moment to share this article that came across my RSS feed this morning. My audition tour notes are strewn with multisensory descriptions

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ASoD: Coda


It’s been an amazing month. 478 auditions, over 9,000 miles, more than 800 arias. We are privileged to do this work, and I am regularly gobsmacked by the amount of talent, goodwill and personal courage exhibited by the artists who come into our audition rooms and then into our lives. The singing is over, but the

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ASQoD: Outcome


As we near the end of our audition tour, we are thinking about resolution, and offer this #ASQoD* “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” Swami Satchitananda I came of age in the 60’s and the 70’s, when the Serenity Prayer was already becoming clichéd. That powerful mantra that helped so many people get

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ASQoD: Acceptance


Day 2 of NYC auditions. Today’s #ASQoD* comes from the iconic American musician whose centennial we honor in 2018. “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein We know we need a plan. A method in the middle of the madness. Both on the micro level (how to

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ASQoD: Imagination


Before we get to today’s #ASQoD*, I want to mention that we’re holding the first of four audition days at the National Opera Center in New York City, and today is the first day of National Opera Week! Take a moment to check out this video message from mezzo-soprano (and WTO alumna!) Denyce Graves. And now, on to one of

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