Opera


Ingredients for a Unique Tosca
Jul 06, 2017

Ingredients for a Unique Tosca

On any given night at the Filene Center, you can catch amazing artists on stage, ranging in genres from classic rock and pop to comedy and dance.  And on one special evening every summer, audiences are treated to a magical performance by Wolf Trap Opera (WTO), designed and staged specifically for the Filene Center stage. This year’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca takes place on Friday, July 14...

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Listen, Wilhelmina!
May 31, 2017

Listen, Wilhelmina!

“We’ll Listen!” There was much to listen to last week as Wolf Trap welcomed more than 2,000 little ones to Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods for the world premiere performance of Listen, Wilhelmina! – a brand new mini musical commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. The private performances were part of the Foundation’s annual Field Trip program, which welcomes classrooms participating in the Wolf Trap...

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D’Ana Lombard as Mimì and Yongzhao Yu as Rodolfo in La bohème, 2016
May 09, 2017

Wolf Trap Opera: Tomorrow’s Singers Today

Great artists don’t just happen overnight. Every person you see on the Filene Center stage worked for years to get there. Rock bands “pay their dues,” racking up untold hours of practice and playing strings of tiny clubs on their way up. In the world of opera, it’s called “getting an education,” which goes way past college. For any student dreaming of earning a place...

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Wolf Trap Opera: The Next Big Thing Is Small
Apr 19, 2017

Wolf Trap Opera: The Next Big Thing Is Small

When Wolf Trap Opera’s Kim Witman appeared recently on an episode of the Opera Box Score podcast, she was asked to gaze into her crystal ball and envision the future of opera. “The next big thing is small,” she said. “We’re beginning to see opera companies with very large venues, who do a lot of grand opera, begin to create spin-off operations in smaller venues,...

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Wolf Trap Opera’s L’Opera Seria
Mar 22, 2017

Wolf Trap Opera’s L’Opera Seria

Wolf Trap Opera's new production of Florian Leopold Gassmann's L'Opera Seria was performed in July 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. It featured performances by the Filene Young Artists and the Studio Artists of the 2016 season roster. Opera News reported "Just when you think Wolf Trap Opera can't keep churning out imaginative and surprising, darned if it doesn't happen again."...

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A SUPER Story
Aug 01, 2016

A SUPER Story

Earlier this spring I heard that Wolf Trap Opera was in need of additional supernumeraries for one of my favorite operas, Puccini’s masterful La bohème. After working for nearly 30 years in opera, I thought I would try my luck on stage. A “Super” is a non-singing role that appears in crowd scenes to emphasize the director’s vision and intensify large scenes. In this production...

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You’ll Never Forget Your First Time
Jun 27, 2016

You’ll Never Forget Your First Time

Wolf Trap Opera’s mainstage season features Rossini’s The Touchstone, a double bill of Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree and Musto’s Bastianello, and a new Filene Center production of Puccini’s Tosca. Two additional productions are part of the new UNTRAPPED initiative: Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher (a co-production with Halcyon Stage) and Hanlon’s Listen, Wilhelmina! (a newly commissioned opera for the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods). The Wolf Trap Opera Studio celebrates its 10th anniversary season with...

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Still Considering Whether to Give Opera a Try?
May 27, 2016

Still Considering Whether to Give Opera a Try?

Not sure which Opera to see? Check out our recommendations! La bohème (Aug 5) is widely considered one of the best operas for first-time opera-goers. You may be familiar with the plot, which inspired the smash-hit musical RENT and was the romantic inspiration in the movie Moonstruck. Recommended for: Hopeless romantics, anyone who loves the emotional pull of a great story. The Rape of Lucretia...

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The Wolf Trap Opera Experience
Jan 20, 2016

The Wolf Trap Opera Experience

By Hans Tuch Hans “Tom” Tuch has lived a life fit for an opera – a 14-year-old refugee from Berlin in 1938, a decorated World War II veteran and member of the storied “Screaming Eagles” 101st Airborne Division, and a long career in the Foreign Service that included stints in Russia and Germany during the Cold War. Whether scheming with his childhood friend Tony-award winner...

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Wolf Trap Opera Audition Tour 2016
Oct 23, 2015

Wolf Trap Opera Audition Tour 2016

The Wolf Trap Opera team is currently on the fall audition tour, hearing over 500 singers in preparation for next summer’s opera season. Kim Pensinger Witman, Wolf Trap Opera’s Senior Director, takes us behind the scenes  of the audition tour and gives an update on the journey so far! For more updates on the Wolf Trap Opera team & the Audition Tour, click here – and look for our...

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