WTO at Evermay on Friday

WTO at Evermay Rehearsal

An exciting concert at the Evermay Estate will kick off our season (and our new partnership with the S&R Foundation) this Friday night. Sarah Larsen and Reginald Smith, Jr. will collaborate with S&R’s Artist in Residence Ryo Yanagitani for Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Ravel, Quilter and Mahler. When Sarah and Reggie arrived last week, I had the privilege of playing

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Hojotoho Trappers!

Trappers in the Ring

On the eve of the third and final cycle of #RingDC, I want to thank WNO for bringing this singular opera experience to DC-area audiences, and I’m so proud that 13 former Trappers are singing 19 different roles in the production. Their Wolf Trap Opera experiences span the length of my own career – from Gordon Hawkins (with whom I

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2 Weeks till Blier!

Blier 2016

If you’re a fan of Steven Blier’s concerts at The Barns (and let’s be serious, if you’re not, you should be…), please note that Steve is performing in May this year! Yes, he arrives for rehearsals this Monday, and he will join with Clarissa, Summer, Jonas and Shea for From Lute Song to the Beatles: Songs of the British Isles on May

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Figaro on the Airwaves

Figaro on WETA

We’re on the radio! This Saturday afternoon at 1pm EDT. Tune in to 90.9 FM or listen live at Last summer we kicked off a new partnership with Classical WETA 90.9 FM, and this weekend, they’re broadcasting our 2015 Marriage of Figaro as part of their Saturday afternoon Classical WETA Opera House. It’s a fabulous new opportunity to

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#allthefeels, Rhinegold Style

Former Trappers in #ringdc

Former Trappers in #ringdc

The first time I heard “#allthefeels”, I laughed and dismissed it as another silly meme. But it’s a surprisingly useful way to describe things like my experience at WNO’s Rhinegold dress rehearsal last night at the Kennedy Center. Now, I don’t review any performance (let alone dress rehearsals…) on this platform, so you can stop reading now if

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Join Us Onstage – Casting Call on April 22


Interested in seeing the Filene Center from the other side of the footlights? Come on out and audition to be an extra (a “super”) in Wolf Trap Opera’s production of La bohème or American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Romeo and Juliet! We’re holding a casting call on Friday, April 22: details are here.  

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Ghosts Beyond The Barns

Ghosts video featured image

There was only one thing wrong with last summer’s production of The Ghosts of Versailles. Only 1,300 people got to see it. We were blessedly sold out in our jewel box theatre (The Barns at Wolf Trap), and there was a beautifully enthusiastic response from the local fan base and from colleagues who traveled to Virginia (as well

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Summer 2016: The Coffeehouse Chat

Summer 2016 Logol

Official Call To Action: Tickets on sale tomorrow morning (Saturday, March 19) at 10 am!!! Start here. Now I shall take off my official promotional General Director hat. And even though I can’t actually sit down with all of you at Vienna’s lovely Caffè Amouri, I’m going to grab a cup of tea (and invite you to do the same:)) and give

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Summer 2016, Here We Come…

La boheme act II web

Today, March 3, I finally get to tell you all about the operatic goodness that will be WTO’s 2016 Season! I’ve been wanting to bring back Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia ever since I started producing at The Barns, and this is the year. A perfect cast of 8 returning artists in a thought-provoking, compelling and beautiful new

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Calling All Artists: Survey on career, health, and well-being


I’m blowing the cobwebs off the blog on this Leap Day to pass a request from Opera America and the Mellon Foundation. They’re conducting an important survey and would love to hear from you if you are a professional performing artist currently working and living in the U.S. See below for complete info. (Lots more

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