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Looking back, looking forward

The Wolf Trap Opera 2019 season closed with a roaring production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. The weather was glorious, the singing resplendent, and the laughter from the audience was riotous. It was the perfect culmination of a fantastic summer!   As wonderful as this summer was, however, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the

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Turning the Corner: Strauss to Rossini

It’s been a busy week here at the Trap! We’ve been in technical rehearsals for Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which opens tomorrow (Friday, July 19) at The Barns. The production is set in the time period in which the piece was written, and there are beautiful homages to the work of visual artist Gustav Klimt and

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Come as you are.

Dear opera community,   I hear you.   The feedback on the 2009 What (Not) to Wear blogpost has been difficult to read. Wolf Trap Opera has been stewarded by female leadership for 20 years, and to see something that we wrote to demystify the audition process in the style of a then-popular tv show

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Wolf Trap Opera Music Staff

Each summer we are visited by some of the best collaborative pianists in the industry; they join us from across the country bringing their musicianship, language specialties, and love and knowledge of the operatic repertoire, which infuse each production with the musical nuance you’ve come to expect at Wolf Trap. They work in the rehearsal

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Heating Up!

Things are cooking over here at Wolf Trap Opera. (And I’m not referring the weather, nor to the awesome baked goods that are appearing in the offices and rehearsal rooms…many of our artists seems to have kitchen-focused hobbies, and while my clothes may be protesting my tummy is celebrating their culinary prowess!) This week we

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Wolf Trap Opera Guest Faculty

In the studio… In addition to their onstage assignments, Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists participate in a career-building curriculum designed especially for them. WTO’s guest faculty have specific areas of expertise and are able to provide insight on what is expected of them from the industry at large.   Deborah Birnbaum is an internationally established voice

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Heinz 57 post (catch-up)

This is a short update, to both apologize for the lack of posting and to fill you in – albeit briefly – on our doings here at WTO. As you can see from the schedule above, we’re at critical mass. Each color represents a different project, each column represents a different space: rehearsals, fittings, coachings,

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First Day of School: Studio Edition

Imagine this: you’re a young singer, recently armed with a diploma that attests to the time and energy you’ve spent over the last six years. That piece of paper represents hours of practice time, language coachings, stage time at your university, scholarly papers submitted and countless tests taken and passed. Now what? How do you

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And so it begins.

We were delighted to welcome our first group of artists to Wolf Trap Opera this weekend. It wasn’t a moment too soon! Our winter and spring workflows are robust, but it’s quiet work. We have many colleagues and patrons who ask what we do outside the summer season, whether we’re employed year-round, and how we

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Introductions are in Order: Lee Anne Myslewski

Wolf Trap Opera has gone through some changes in the last month! With Kim Witman’s retirement, we’ve restructured a bit and added some team members. This month, we’re going to introduce you to your new WTO team. Lee Anne Myslewski first got to know WTO through their Internship program; she was a participant in 2004,

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