A Different Look at the Future of Opera

In addition to the alumni singers and conductor on the August 24 anniversary show, we have the pleasure of welcoming back some prominent opera administrators and managers who got their start at Wolf Trap. These six colleagues will introduce segments of the program and offer their own brief reminiscences of the WTOC.

Scott Altman was a Filene Young Artist in1996 & 1997, singing Geronimo in Il matrimonio segreto, Don Prudenzio in Il viaggio a Reims, and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. He is now General Director of Arizona Opera and was General Director of Opera New Jersey from 2002-2009.

Kelly Anderson was a Filene Young Artist in 1990 & 1993, singing Don Geronio in Il turco in Italia and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.  He currently holds the position of Director of Artistic Administration for Florida Grand Opera.

Peter Russell was General Director of the WTOC from 1984-1997. He left Wolf Trap to become Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Met, and went from there to a tenure as General Director of Opera Colorado.

Kathryn Smith is the newly-appointed General Director of Madison Opera following seven years as the leader of Tacoma Opera and a previous tenure as assistant artistic administrator at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Kathryn got her start at Wolf Trap as the Administrative Intern in 1994.

Ryan Taylor was a Filene Young Artist in 2001 & 2002, and he created the role of Voltore in Volpone in 2004. He is an Artist Manager with ADA Artist Management and Manager of Community Development for the WTOC. His WTOC roles included Malatesta in Pasquale and Harry Easter in Street Scene.

Darren K. Woods was a Filene Young Artist in 1984 & 1985 and is General Director of Fort Worth Opera and Artistic Director of the Seagle Music Colony. Darren’s WTOC roles included The Wizard in Transformations, Monostatos, in Die Zauberflöte and Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea.


Opera’s Greatest Hits
Featuring 14 Alumni of the WTOC

Wednesday, August 24 at 8pm
Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

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