Friends, we have finally churned through the data and have the Aria Frequency Lists for your perusal! They are linked here, and we will link to them on our social media sites. If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know that this blog was a true labor of love put into theRead More
Low Voices: Aria Frequency Lists
And finally….the low-voiced men! Baritone Aria Frequency Bass Baritone Aria Frequency List Bass Aria Frequency List Our baritones had a tie for most popular aria; we heard both Hai gia vinta la causa and Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen nine times and we heard them both five times in the first round. Bass-baritones added one moreRead More
It’s Tenor Time!
We return to the Aria Frequency Data with the Tenor Aria Frequency List. As is our usual expectation, Tamino came in first place with tenors this year. We heard Dies Bildnis 11 times total, but only once in round one. We asked for it five times in both round two and in the callbacks. ContinuingRead More
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. CherubinoRead More
The Return of the Aria Frequency List: Sopranos
Wolf Trap Opera hit the audition trail in fall of 2021, and as a result we’ve parsed through the data and arias that we heard in the audition room. As you might guess, there were some new surprises, and some upsets! We’ll roll out the results in score order over the next two weeks.Read More
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 thereRead More
Through the Midwest: WTO 2022
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 beingRead More
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 navigateRead More
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 NewRead More
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 teamRead More