Posts Categorized: Blog

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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The Beauty of Song

Ailyn Pérez is in the heart of an astonishing career. She comes to The Barns between her run of Mimìs in La bohème at the Met and an engagement for Violetta in La traviata at La Scala. She’s just as excited about her upcoming Wolf Trap performance as she is about its starry book-end engagements. (Tickets here.) Wolf Trap Opera

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Save the Dates: Summer 2017

Planning your summer opera travel? Even though our season won’t be announced until early March, I am happy to share our performance dates for your consideration as you make plans for next summer. (As some folks remind me every year, it’s not nearly as helpful as having actual repertoire and casting information. But it’s something, right? :)) 2017 PRODUCTIONS

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Speedo, Ailyn & Alyson Back at The Barns

We love it when WTO alumni come back to the Trap, and we’re looking forward to welcoming 3 of them over the next couple of months! In just a little over a week, Ryan Speedo Green will talk about his new book and sing a few arias as part of “Voices Uplifted!” – a December 12

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The Road to 2017: From the Marathon to the Math

The singing is over, and the work has begun. The Marathon: Audition Tour By the Numbers 21 days on the road 822 arias heard (at an average of 4 minutes per aria, that’s 55 hours; roughly 4 Ring cycles.) 10,344 miles traveled 9 airplanes, 2 rental cars, dozens of cabs and Ubers 95,724 words written as audition

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The Road to 2017: Houston

We love Houston, and its auditions are always a game-changer for us. A bonus this week was dress rehearsal of the HGO Elixir of Love, which featured 4 Trappers in the cast! We loved seeing Dimitri Pittas, Nicole Heaston, Michael Sumuel and Alicia Gianni onstage at the Wortham. Aria Talk It’s hard to believe but it took until Day

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