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

You’ll Never Forget Your First Time

This summer, we invite you to Find Your Park at Wolf Trap as we honor and celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service! With a Wolf Trap Opera performance, you’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind production on a casual evening with no tuxes or high heels required. Everyone has a “first time” story—first love, first dance, first rock concert. But what about your first opera? There’s no better...

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The Firebird: Director’s Note
Jun 20, 2016

The Firebird: Director’s Note

From the studio in South Africa to the Wolf Trap stage, the Firebird spreads its wings and flies…with the help of multi-talented dancers/puppeteers who bring the giant puppets to life. The team that created the puppets for Broadway’s War Horse have worked for months to craft the creatures for The Firebird with the goal of giving life and intention to the puppets through dance. Take...

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The Next Generation: Wolf Trap Interns
Jun 17, 2016

The Next Generation: Wolf Trap Interns

Every night, audiences see well-known artists on Wolf Trap’s stages. What they don’t see are the talented professionals behind the scenes. Many of these professionals are former Wolf Trap interns. Wolf Trap has nurtured future leaders for decades through its nationally recognized Internship Program. Across the country, hundreds of former Wolf Trap interns ensure that the arts are not only inspiring but accessible, that they spark important...

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A Spring Wedding at The Barns
Jun 10, 2016

A Spring Wedding at The Barns

For a couple who is fun, lovable, and wildly unique, the perfect wedding space was a must! Brigid and Cara chose The Barns at Wolf Trap as their venue for a lovely spring wedding. Wedding guests celebrated, dined, and danced in the German Barn, transformed into an enchanting garden with ferns, yellow ranunculus, and twinkling ficus trees. Each element of their wedding shared a piece...

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Support Your Park
Jun 01, 2016

Support Your Park

This summer, we invite you to Find Your Park at Wolf Trap as we honor and celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service!  Everything you love about the Wolf Trap experience was made possible by the vision and support of Wolf Trap’s founder, Catherine Filene Shouse. When she donated her farmland and the funds to build the Filene Center, Mrs. Shouse made a commitment not...

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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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A Note From the Host
May 27, 2016

A Note From the Host

Thank you for wending your way out to Wolf Trap for the show. I got here hours ago, driven from a nearby hotel by a Park Service employee and dropped at the stage door, and so can only imagine your trip in from Maryland or Lord knows where, the traffic you must’ve encountered and the crush of traffic you will encounter as you leave, which...

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Find Your Park
May 23, 2016

Find Your Park

Hundreds of thousands visit Wolf Trap each summer to hear their favorite artists sing their favorite songs. They picnic, relax, and connect with friends and family. But the Filene Center stage is just one piece of what makes Wolf Trap unique. Check out the map below and explore all 117 acres of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This summer, you’re invited to celebrate the...

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Bringing the Arts into the Classroom: Wolf Trap Grant Program
Apr 18, 2016

Bringing the Arts into the Classroom: Wolf Trap Grant Program

Remember the first time you saw a live performance, or the first time you created something you were truly proud of? Those formative experiences, often in our early years, are touchstones that can affect how we see the world. That’s why Wolf Trap provides access points for young people to connect with the arts–– from live performances at Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods to academic experiences through Wolf Trap...

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Don’t Be Fooled by Scalpers (or How to Guarantee your Wolf Trap tickets!)
Apr 13, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled by Scalpers (or How to Guarantee your Wolf Trap tickets!)

As soon as Summer shows are announced, tens of thousands of fans line up for their favorite artists. But every year, we hear from fans who are disappointed that their favorite show is sold out, or confused because they thought a show was sold out, but now they’re seeing online ads boasting great seats for hot shows. Part of the problem: Scalpers and similar third-party...

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On the Path to Stardom
Apr 11, 2016

On the Path to Stardom

Every year, thousands of people gather at Wolf Trap to enjoy spectacular performances from legendary headliners. With opening acts, audiences get a first look at artists who could be the next big thing. Plus, they can experience the thrill of looking back to tell their friends, ‘I was there when they were just starting out!’ There have been several amazing openers throughout the years who...

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A Blueprint for Innovative Music
Apr 04, 2016

A Blueprint for Innovative Music

When the Aizuri Quartet debuts at Wolf Trap on Friday, beloved works by Beethoven and Schumann will fill The Barns. But there’s one piece on the program that will be new to everyone’s ears: Blueprint, commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation and composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Caroline Shaw, will have its world premiere. Here, Shaw shares her inspiration for the work: Blueprint World Premiere, Commissioned by...

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