OPERAS

Verdi's Rigoletto
Wolf Trap Opera
National Symphony Orchestra
Grant Gershon, conductor
This year’s grand opera at the Filene Center tells the tale of a father whose fierce desire to protect his daughter leads to a tragic quest for revenge. Some of Verdi’s most memorable music graces this poignant and unforgettable opera.
  • Friday, Aug 03 | 8:15 PM
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Mozart
Idomeneo
After ten long years of battle, Idomeneo is finally returning home from the Trojan War. During the perilous journey, he pledges to sacrifice the first living thing he sees in return for a safe voyage. In horror, he realizes that the first person he meets is his son, Idamante. Idomeneo struggles to escape his vow, but his vengeful god seeks revenge. Written when Mozart was just 24 years old, Idomeneo is considered his first great opera.
  • Friday, Jun 22 | 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Jun 24 | 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Jun 27 | 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jun 30 | 3 PM
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Gounod
Roméo et Juliette
Two young lovers decide to take fate into their own hands after feuding families, bad timing and fatal mistakes tear them apart. Gounod’s music soars in this French Romantic twist on Shakespeare’s most celebrated love story.
  • Sunday, Jul 15 | 3 PM
  • Tuesday, Jul 17 | 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 7:30 PM
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Kurt Weill
The Seven Deadly Sins
Wolf Trap Opera, in partnership with Halcyon's By the People
Featuring dancers from Hong Kong Ballet
Sisters, the practical Anna I (a singer) and the impulsive Anna II (a dancer), set out across America to seek their fortune and create a new home. During their seven-year journey they are tempted by each of the biblical deadly sins. Disillusioned, they eventually give up their dreams and ideals return to their family. Collaborating with Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill created a soundtrack for prewar Berlin – where cabaret, jazz, and popular American music of the twenties comes alive.
  • Saturday, Jun 23 | 8 PM
  • Sunday, Jun 24 | 2 PM
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Concerts & Recitals

The Art of Pleasure
Steven Blier & Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
Program to include songs by Piazzolla, Fauré, Schubert, Arlen, Szymanowski, Bernstein, Guastavino, and Villa-Lobos.
  • Thursday, May 31 | 2 PM
  • Friday, Jun 01 | 7:30 PM
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POPS EXTRAVAGANZA:
Bernstein at 100
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic

John Morris Russell, conductor
Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists
A high-energy evening featuring an array of audience favorites from the worlds of opera, theater and Broadway.
  • Saturday, Jun 02 | 8 PM
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American Landscapes
Bernstein’s Songfest
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
James Judd, conductor
Leonard Bernstein encapsulated 300 years of our country's history through the words of 13 American poets in this powerful orchestrated song cycle.
  • Saturday, Jun 16 | 8 PM
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Pop-Up @ Union Market
Wolf Trap Opera
Halcyon's By the People
Join Wolf Trap Opera for a surprising and sublime series of short opera pop-ups across the Union Market campus.
  • Sunday, Jun 24 | 12 PM
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Vocal Colors
Wolf Trap Opera at The Phillips Collection
Visual art and music are paired in two intimate evenings of song at the beautiful Music Room of Washington D.C.’s The Phillips Collection.
  • Thursday, Jun 28 | 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, Jul 19 | 6:30 PM
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Aria Jukebox
An afternoon of opera highlights curated by the audience and sung by Wolf Trap Opera soloists. Come to the preshow reception to vote for the arias of your choice!
  • Sunday, Jul 22 | 3 PM
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The Best of
Wagner's Ring
National Symphony Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor
A quartet of internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera alumni join with the NSO to perform memorable and exhilarating moments from Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.
  • Saturday, Jul 28 | 8:15 PM
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Education & Outreach

Listen, Wilhelmina!
A Mini Musical by David Hanlon & Kathleen Kelly
Commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wilhelmina, Wallis, and Winston the Wombats are ready for their very first concert at Wolf Trap! The stage! The instruments! The maestro! But what is the audience supposed to do? With help from Ranger Nat, these three wombat friends learn how much fun music-making can be when they open their ears to listen. This interactive mini-musical is a perfect way to introduce children to the concert experience.
  • Friday, Jul 20 | 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 10:30 AM
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Class
Master Class with Christine Goerke
2018 Filene Artist in Residence
Each season’s Filene Artist in Residence holds a public master class, offering Wolf Trap Opera’s singers guidance on style, performance enhancement, language, stagecraft, and more. Attendance at this class is open to the public—aspiring singers and opera aficionados welcome.
  • Saturday, Jul 21 | 3 PM
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