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Day 5: Lessons from the Uninitiated

Last summer we ran a small pilot project called Opera Newbies, during which we invited several dozen brand new opera-goers to our 2014 performances. They participated in several rounds of surveys before and after their first opera performances, and WTO Volunteer Sandra Saydah recently helped us collate and interpret the data. Sandra visited our offices today to present her findings.

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Day 4: Still Innocent, But Not for Long

It’s still early days in the education of dear naive Figaro. Still the same sweet, enterprising, enthusiastic guy we knew from The Barber of Seville, he is over the moon about the fact that he and his adored Susanna will soon share a bedroom. But his excitement blinds him. Susanna is the realist in the relationship.

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Day 3: A New Chapter for Shouse House

If you’ve been to Wolf Trap, you might’ve seen the house on the hill next to the parking lot of The Barns. It was one of Mrs. Shouse’s (Wolf Trap’s Founder’s) residences, and she still lived there during the summers I was on WTO staff as a coach. She hosted picnics on its patio, and

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Day 2: Il Compleanno di Figaro

Yes, Figaro will get married in a few weeks. But today it’s his birthday! And we do birthdays right at Wolf Trap Opera… Thanks to bass-baritone Thomas Richards (a.k.a. Figaro) for being such a good sport and wearing the birthday ritual crown, glasses and boa. Check out his real photo and bio here. Stay tuned

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Day 1: The “First Day of School”

Figaro rehearsals begin. It’s the first day of school, the first day on a new job, and the first day in a new town. Artists arrive and barely get a chance to shake hands before being thrown into a full sing-through of the entire opera. None of this sit-around-a-table-with-coffee-and-read-the-script like our actor friends. Not for us

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A Tale of Three Prosceniums

Three days in New York = three unique demonstrations that opera is alive, well, sassy, classy, thriving and growing. Tuesday: Cav/Pag at the Met. Full house, new production, some phenomenal music making. The old guard arguing heartily in favor of the old Zeffirelli production, everyone in awe of the Met Chorus singing Cavalleria (thank you, Donald Palumbo), and Maestro

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Podcast, Butterfly Edition

Here ’tis, a little something to whet your appetite for our August 7 Butterfly!  I’m heading off for a week’s vacation to clear my head before the season ramps up. See you on the other side!

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Singer Alert! Career Advice Crowdsourcing

UPDATE 3/13/15: The group referred to below is now restricted only to singers, and we are unable to add any more members. Tammy is still very interested in getting questions and topic suggestions for her YouTube channel, so don’t hesitate to go there and post a comment! WTO alumna Tammy Wilson is creating an amazing resource

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WTO 2015. Delivered Your Way.

It’s the day of the announce, y’all. Pick your delivery system: The News Hound You love a good press release. All the facts, no fuss, in one place. Go get it. The Planner You’ve loved coming to WTO performances in the past, and you crave the day/date/time and sexy promo teaser language for this summer’s

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