Opera


Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher
Oct 24, 2019

Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher

Philip Glass – THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER During the 2017 summer season Wolf Trap Opera produced Philip Glass’ 1988 opera based on Edgar Allan Poe’s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER with a libretto by Arthur Yorinks. When Glass’ recording label, Orange Mountain Music, learned of the production, they reached out to inquire about whether we planned to record it. Up...

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Christine Goerke
Aug 02, 2019

Wolf Trap Opera Alumni Worldwide

MET PRODUCTIONS FEATURE GENERATIONS OF TRAPPERS The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 Ring Cycle features 2018 Filene Artist in Residence Christine Goerke (’95,’96) as Brünnhilde. She’s joined by seven other WTO alumni: Eric Owens (’94,’95), Jamie Barton (’08), Erin Morley (’07,’08), Ronnita Nicole Miller (’06,’07), Eve Gigliotti (’10,’11), Maya Lahyani (’13,’14), and Daryl Freedman (Studio ’07). Gianni Schicchi is a true ensemble opera, and it’s a bonus...

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INSIDE THE TRAP with Tommy McFly: Lee Anne Myslewski
Jul 11, 2019

INSIDE THE TRAP with Tommy McFly:
Lee Anne Myslewski

Episode 6: Lee Anne Myslewski, Vice President Opera and Classical Programming Go Inside the Trap with Tommy McFly, the new video series providing a behind-the-scenes look at Wolf Trap. In Episode 6, learn about Wolf Trap’s Opera program from Lee Anne Myslewski, Vice President Opera and Classical Programming.


A Chat with Lawrence Brownlee
Jul 03, 2019

A Chat with Lawrence Brownlee

Wolf Trap Opera’s Lee Anne Myslewski (LAM) sat down with Lawrence Brownlee (LB) to reminisce about his season at Wolf Trap and learn about his passion for giving back. LAM: As you look back on your season at WTO, what stands out? LB: If you’re at WTO, you’re talented. That’s a given. But a lot of us had come from university settings where we were...

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Leading Wolf Trap Opera
Jun 12, 2019

Leading Wolf Trap Opera

After spending 22 years leading Wolf Trap Opera (WTO), Kim Pensinger Witman retired as Vice President of Opera and Classical Programming in early 2019 and handed over the reins of this unparalleled program to our own Lee Anne Myslewski. In anticipation of this summer, we sat down with Lee Anne to learn about the season planning process and what the future has in store. WOLF...

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25 Years of Art and Wisdom
May 23, 2019

25 Years of Art and Wisdom

In the musical world, breadth and depth are often mutually exclusive. But the powerhouse that is Steven Blier defies that assumption and countless others. Wolf Trap is truly fortunate to be one of the places that Steve has called home for over 25 summers. First, the breadth. The selections performed in Wolf Trap Opera’s (WTO) “Blier Recitals” have displayed a relentless and surprising diversity over...

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Celebrating Black History Month Part 2
Feb 26, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month Part 2

Take a look back at some of the most prominent and inspiring African American artists who put on memorable performances that became a part of Wolf Trap’s great history! Earth, Wind & Fire (2019) Earth, Wind & Fire – September Referred to by Rolling Stone as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing”, and declared as having “changed the sound of black pop”, Earth, Wind...

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2019 Grammy Winners: The Wolf Trap List
Feb 12, 2019

2019 Grammy Winners: The Wolf Trap List

The 61st annual Grammy Awards were on Sunday. Here’s a look at upcoming Wolf Trap artists and performers from the previous year who took home an award.   Filene Center Kacey Musgraves Best Country Solo Performance Best Country Song Best Country Album Album of the Year Golden Hour received massive critical acclaim as one of the best of albums of 2018, and won four Grammy Awards,...

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Wolf Trap Opera Alumni: Why I Sing
Jun 25, 2018

Wolf Trap Opera Alumni: Why I Sing

Each summer, the best young professional classical singers from around the world come to Wolf Trap to participate in the powerful and magical experience that is a Wolf Trap Opera residency. An operatic career is both grueling and gratifying, and while opera is glorious, it is an obscure art form in the 21st century. What is it about singing opera that attracts these 20- and...

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A Turning Point For Mozart
May 16, 2018

A Turning Point For Mozart

Idomeneo was the tenth completed opera of Mozart’s career—not bad for a composer who celebrated his 25th birthday only two days before the premiere! But this opera left the previous nine in the dust. Suddenly Mozart was bringing vivid personalities to life with a wrenching emotional power he hadn’t begun to approach before....

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