Aria Frequency List: Mezzos and Countertenors

It’s the Mezzos and Countertenors Aria Count! These women and men made some very interesting choices this year. One might expect to hear Carmen or Cherubino a lot from mezzos, but we heard our Spanish Siren’s Habanera once in round one and once in round two and the Card Aria once in round two. Cherubino

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Wrapping up…and introductions!

Friends, I am happily ensconced in my office in Vienna Virginia, plotting all things opera for the 2022 season. Let me tell you that the talent was an ocean – so deep that I’m wishing I had twice the number of projects to assign! Also, let me congratulate every singer who put themselves out there

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Through the Midwest: WTO 2022

Sunrise: Chicago

  I’m writing this from my hotel room at The Palmer House. Both of the hotels we’ve stayed in in the midwest have been beautiful, historic properties. This is the Palmer House’s 150 anniversary season, and the hotel is iconic, a real remnant of old-school, glamorous Chicago – it’s a treat to see it being

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WTO 2022: Southern Passage

  Our days in the south have yielded some beautiful auditions! We started in Atlanta, with The Atlanta Opera serving as our gracious hosts at their rehearsal facility in midtown. Here’s a shot of their rehearsal room taped out for an upcoming production: each color denotes a different scene, and the singers have to navigate

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WTO 2022: The Search Begins

  Dear Friends of WTO, I’m writing this from an airplane heading out of Los Angeles, winging home for 20 hours to doing some laundry and see my husband and pets before starting the second leg of the journey: Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago – and starting with our first-ever trip to Atlanta! The week in New

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What do we do now?

The Wolf Trap Opera summer season has sadly concluded, and the energy and musicianship of our 2021 has scattered to the winds. But that doesn’t mean that WTO is silent, by any means. Because now is the perfect time to plan for 2022! Applications are already open for the 2022 season, and the WTO team

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Last Call

“Peak happiness lies mostly in collective activity.”   Adam Grant, a professor at The Wharton School writes in a recent New York Times Opinion piece about Collective Effervescence (caps mine). I hadn’t seen that phrase before, but it perfectly encapsulates the feeling I’ve had after the last several live performances that we’ve had this summer.

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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

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Hot Hot Hot!

The weather in the DMV is starting to trend towards familiar summer weather: warm and humid, with a strong chance of thunderstorms. Likewise, the calendar is starting to also trend towards the familiar , with a robust slate of performances at our Filene Center home later this week. We’ve got a slate of Filene Artists

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