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Focus on Fairy Tales

As we prepare for our final operas of the season, it’s all about fairy tales for grown ups! Gripping, eerie, zany, touching, surprising. Much more to come about Bastianello and The Juniper Tree within the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t yet read the double bill articles in our 2017 Season Book, please enjoy the links below – they’re a

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The Studio’s 10th Anniversary!

The Studio Artists are so integral to WTO’s success that it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t a part of the company. But the truth is that the Studio was founded in 2007 and is just now celebrating its 10th anniversary year! Surf through this slideshow from their sold-out performance of opera scenes this

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Rossini Recipe

These amazing people + vocal fireworks + shenanigans = La pietra del paragone. Don’t miss it. Back tomorrow with some more serious content :)

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The Virtues of Virtuosity

This rare comic opera by the young (20-year-old!) Rossini has really captivated us, and we can’t wait to put it on the stage. Today, I refer you to the digital version of a piece written by Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Roger Pines. Roger introduced me to La pietra del paragone over 20 years ago, and he’s kind

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Tenor Jonas Hacker in the Spotlight

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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A Target No One Else Can See

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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Wolf Trap Does Glass@80

Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times, and the musical world marks his 80th birthday in 2017. WTO is happy to join in the celebration with two productions, as last fall’s audition tour included an unusually strong slate of singing actors for whom this idiom is a

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Lucretia’s Last Week

It’s almost time for changeover on the video streaming site, but you have one more week to catch our 2016 Lucretia production! Sample some highlights: Tarquinius’ Aria Give him this orchid (Lucretia’s aria) Tarquinius’ Ride to Rome Time Treads Upon the Hands of Women Collatinus’ Forgiveness Or immerse yourself in the whole thing at wolftrap.org/streaming Next up:

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T Minus 48 Hours and Counting

Yes, opera fans and friends, just two days until we rip the lid off our fantastic 2017 season! Watch this space and wolftrap.org/opera on Thursday, March 2. This blog has been quiet while we’ve been in our silent phase, but that’s all about to end. And just in case you can’t wait till then for your

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