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World Opera Day!

This art form of ours is pretty incredible, isn’t it? I’m not sure that there’s another method of incorporating both the fullness of the entire artistic spectrum and the fullness of the human experience. Opera allows for both grand spectacle and the very most intimate, vulnerable moments in the same genre…often within the context of

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Halloween Inspiration: WTO Style

To help you celebrate October | Halloween | Hauntober | Spooktober, might we suggest one of the following resources? Option 1: You’re looking for a party soundtrack that has less to do with a booty-shaking beat and more to do with terrifying your friends and neighbors. You’re in luck! Download (available as of October 18, but

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What are you wearing?

We’ve seen just about half of you on the audition tour as we wrap up New York, and, as the halftime show is a break from regularly scheduled programming to provide entertainment and spectacle, we thought we’d give you (and ourselves) a break from the musical content and provide something more fashion oriented. It’s fun

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Update from the Road

Hello friends!We are hearing auditions this week in New York City, at the lovely National Opera Center. It’s our third stop: we started in Los Angeles last week, and took a rather indirect route to get to Houston in the wake of Tropical Storm Imelda. It feels like a bit of luxury to unpack our

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Summer 2019: Process.

Fun fact about yours truly: when I was choosing college programs of study, I only auditioned for one school. I wanted to be a writer, a novelist or poet. Writing was one of the two tools that I had for making sense of the world; it was my way of breaking down feelings, situations, actions

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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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