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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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“You see the fire of the evening…”

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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

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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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