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Jukebox Update: Sunday a.m.

Good morning, opera friends! Our young artists enjoyed an amazing panel discussion yesterday with Eric Owens and four of his colleagues. (A longer update to come when there’s time.) Unfortunately, Eric was feeling ill last night, and he’s doing a bit worse this morning and will not be able to sing on today’s Aria Jukebox concert. Just a

Owens & the Jukebox

I’m happily at the piano this week, preparing for Sunday’s Aria Jukebox. My days are once again filled with Verdi, Rossini, Wagner, Puccini, Donizetti, Massenet, Mozart and more. Jukebox is always a wonderful time for both performers and audience, but this year it will be even more amazing thanks to the participation of Artist in Residence Eric Owens. Take

Stocking the Jukebox: Day 4

Final two rehearsals for Sunday’s Make-Your-Own-Concert: Mezzo-soprano Maggie Gawrysiak and I had our rehearsal in the theatre, to check balances. (We’re already building the Rake’s Progress set onstage, so the piano is on the house floor.) We prepped Joan of Arc’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans, the Witch’s aria from Hansel and Gretel

Stocking the Jukebox: Day 3

Three more rehearsals today, dusting off aria and song favorites in preparation for Sunday’s aleatory musical event… (I may never go back to my desk again…) Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote and I covered some amazing ground, from Rossini to Strauss. We started with the Habanera from Carmen, and moved on to the gorgeous Viljalied from Lehar’s

Stocking the Jukebox: Day 2

Tuesday’s rehearsals for Sunday’s wildly exciting make-your-own-concert: Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster and I made the rounds from the boy next door (Figaro) to the the testosterone-laden Toreador, and from the incurable optimist (Don Quixote) to the devil himself (Méphistophélès). We began with Mozart”s “Se vuol ballare” (The Marriage of Figaro) and moved into “Votre toast” from

Stocking the Jukebox: Day 1

I’m happily back at the piano this week, prepping music for this Sunday’s Aria Jukebox. Each singer is offering four arias/songs, and audience members will get to choose the playlists for the concert by stuffing the coin bins with quarters. (At left: quarters at the ready, to be distributed at the door!)  Monday’s Rehearsals Bass

Aria Jukebox!

An audience of Wolf Trap donors, housing hosts, and frequent ticket-buyers made their own one-of-a-kind concert on Sunday. 52 songs were offered, 13 were chosen. (I was simultaneously stoked and terrified of playing Rachmaninoff’s “Spring Waters” in 5 flats, but I didn’t have to.) Curious about the playlist? Scroll down (past the picture of tenor


Baton Rouge, LA Marguerite (Faust) Aria Jukebox TRAINING: Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Metropolitan Opera; Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Program; California State University Long Beach; University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Wolf Trap Opera HIGHLIGHTS: High Priestess (Aida), Metropolitan Opera; Clotilde (Norma), Metropolitan Opera


Atlanta, GA Cadmus/Somnus (Semele) Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) Aria Jukebox TRAINING: Opera North Studio Artist; Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artist; University of Houston Moores Opera Center; Kennesaw State University; Young Harris College HIGHLIGHTS: Pirate King cover (The Pirates of Penzance), The Atlanta Opera; Don Basilio cover (The Barber of Seville), The Atlanta Opera; Leporello

Big Week

WTO had a big week last week, with the classical emphasis for the 50th Anniversary concert, Fifty Years Together: A Celebration of Wolf Trap and two performances of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert.  The weather at the beginning of the week was oppressive: hot and humid, and hovering relentlessly