Posts Categorized: 2017 Season

Mezzo Annie Rosen in the Spotlight

What’s it like for a wise, big-hearted, nerdy mezzo to tackle one of the most evil roles in the repertoire? Annie Rosen breaks it down for us. What aspects of your role in this summer’s opera are natural fit with your personality and/or which aspects are a stretch for you? The Stepmother [in Philip Glass and

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Director Mo Zhou in the Spotlight

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to become an opera stage director, today’s spotlight is a great place to start. Hear all about it from 2017 Directing Fellow Mo Zhou! Her production of Listen Wilhelmina! has its final 2017 performance today at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. When did you know you wanted to be a director?

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Wilhelmina in the Woods

The wombats are back at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods! We’re indebted to composer David Hanlon and librettist Kathleen Kelly for this musical story that educates and entertains. Wolf Trap recently commissioned this charming 25-minute opera for preschoolers, and it played to thousands of young fans in May. Now it’s back for two performances – Wednesday 7/19 and

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Tenor Nicholas Nestorak in the Spotlight

Get to know this motorcycle-riding, cello-playing, “Don’t Stop Me Now!” fan who makes his Filene Center debut this Friday as Spoletta in Tosca. Can you tell us an anecdote or story from your training or career so far that will give us insight into what makes you tick as an artist? Having studied with George Shirley, I must

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Bass Anthony Robin Schneider in the Spotlight

We’re loving having this trilingual bass from New Zealand and Austria with us in (the other) Vienna this summer! Anthony takes the Filene Center stage this weekend as the Sacristan in Tosca.   We’re giving you a time machine: What period, or moment in musical history, would you travel to and why? I would love to

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Tenor Mackenzie Gotcher in the Spotlight

Mackenzie Gotcher makes his Wolf Trap debut as Cavaradossi in a new production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Filene Center on July 14, 2017.  He’s a self-confessed “dark and stormy” nerdy tenor who loves doing character research and discovering rare operas! What aspects of your role in this summer’s opera are natural fit with your personality and/or

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Mezzo Zoie Reams in the Spotlight

Rossini’s The Touchstone enjoys its final performance this coming weekend, and it features Filene Young Artist Zoie Reams as Clarice. We’re so glad she decided to choose music instead of Mandarin! If you hadn’t chosen this career, what would you have pursued instead? I began undergrad with a back up plan of being a Mandarin translator for

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Art and Love in the Crosshairs

Tosca is well into rehearsals, and we’re thrilled to have director Louisa Muller (Lucretia 2016, Ghosts of Versailles 2015) back at The Trap. Happy today to share her note from our 2017 Season Book. Tosca: Art and Love in the Crosshairs

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