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Baritone Ben Edquist in the Spotlight

As Ben prepares to sing William in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher, he talks about hip hop, All State Choir, and the golden age of musical theatre. What’s your dream role and why? I would love to play Emile de Becque in South Pacific. It’s one of the most beautiful stories in

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Gearing up for Glass

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William Blake saw a world in a grain of sand. As soprano Madison Leonard prepares for the role of Madeline in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher, she sketches an entire character in a single vowel. I’ve been learning more about Philip Glass while learning my roles for Fall of the House of Usher

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UNTRAPPED at The Clarice

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A guest post by Lee Anne Myslewski I’m sitting in the beautiful Dekelboum concert hall at the Clarice, on the University of Maryland Campus, listening to an 85-piece orchestra play the overture to Verdi’s Nabucco. (It’s a wonderful way to wake up, for the record!) We’re in rehearsal for a new collaboration with the National

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Soprano Madison Leonard in the Spotlight

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She’s a poet, a jazz aficionado, and a fan of many Steves!  Madison makes her Wolf Trap debut this weekend in Four of a Kind. 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? When I was

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Putting Rossini to the Test

Director E. Loren Meeker is working her magic with our Touchstone production, and there is some serious singing and laughter coming from that rehearsal room. A few months ago she wrote a short article for our season book, and I’ve linked to a digital version here for your enjoyment! Putting Rossini to the Test

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Love is Sweeping the Country

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Steve Blier’s blog post (link below) about the song that ends this weekend’s Four of a Kind concert puts Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing into stunning contemporary context: I remember hearing Lin-Manuel Miranda at last year’s Tony Award ceremony when he read his acceptance in the form of a poem—“ And love is love is love is love is love

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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

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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

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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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