For Audiences

Preshow talks

One hour before each opera performance at The Barns, Wolf Trap Opera Director Kim Witman takes you Inside the Opera.

Make sense of pesky complicated opera plots, sample the music you’re about to hear, and get an inside look at the artists and design of each production.

These 30-minute events take place at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap (next door to The Barns). Free admission. Reservations not required.

Master classes

Each season’s Artist in Residence holds a public master class at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, offering Wolf Trap Opera’s young residents guidance on style, performance enhancement, language, stagecraft, and more. This class is open to the public—aspiring singers and opera aficionados welcome!


Whether she’s giving a pre-show talk, speaking at an event, or recording a podcast, WTO Director Kim Witman is known for making opera accessible and fun. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her down-to-earth approach is a treat for those who find opera intimidating or even off-putting, and she speaks with both experts and novices in mind.