The Rape of Lucretia
Premiered in 1946 to re-open Glyndebourne’s theatre, Britten’s intimate and haunting lyrical masterpiece is based on an ancient Roman tale of corruption and tragedy. Lucretia, the beautiful and virtuous wife of a Roman general, is defenseless against the tyrannical prince Tarquinius. The horrific events unfold reinforced by Britten’s evocative score, moving arias, and two-person male and female chorus into a tense and potent tapestry of music and drama.
  • Friday, Jun 10 | 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Jun 12 | 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Jun 15 | 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jun 18 | 7:30 PM
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L’Opera Seria
Before Mozart and Salieri there was Florian Gassmann. Following highly acclaimed productions in Paris and Berlin, Wolf Trap Opera presents the American premiere of Gassmann’s 1769 comic sendup of traditional 18th-century opera. Go behind the scenes during an opera premiere. From the three star sopranos, whose translated names are Smirking, Out-of-Tune, and Purple-Face, to the insecure composer and stereotypical stage mothers, no one is spared. With daggers drawn and everyone looking for glory, success is by no means assured.
  • Friday, Jul 15 | 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Jul 17 | 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Jul 20 | 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jul 23 | 7:30 PM
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La bohème | NSO
One of the world’s most beloved operas. Puccini’s masterpiece is an unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss in the Latin Quarter of 19th-century Paris. Wolf Trap Opera presents a fully staged and costumed production of Puccini’s classic opera, in a one night production featuring full orchestra, chorus, and custom video projections.
  • Friday, Aug 05 | 8:15 PM
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Wolf Trap Opera artists Sarah Larsen, mezzo-soprano, and Reginald Smith Jr., baritone, join S&R Foundation Artist in Residence Ryo Yanagitani, piano, for an evening of song in the historic Evermay Manor. Program to include music of Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Quilter, Lecocq, and Mahler.
  • Friday, May 20 | 7:30 PM
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The Great Outdoors

Music and nature have always been close companions. In this intimate concert, pianist Steven Blier and a quintet of singers explore the joys and the perils of nature for both rugged campers and high-strung city folks. The Great Outdoors is one of a number of summer 2016 performances that celebrate the centennial of Wolf Trap’s partner the National Park Service.
  • Saturday, May 28 | 3 PM
  • Sunday, May 29 | 3 PM
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Improper Opera

Opera goes to the Improv! Nothing is improper – or off-limits – when the operas are created by suggestions from our audience. You supply the characters and setting, and our singers will create a one-of-a-kind operatic masterpiece on the spot. A casual, fun introduction to opera!
  • Friday, Jun 17 | 8 PM
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Studio Spotlight

Studio Artists shine in their own program of opera scenes and highlights. To include excerpts by Rossini (The Barber of Seville), Donizetti (Daughter of the Regiment, The Elixir of Love), Bizet (Carmen, The Pearl Fishers) and Verdi (Rigoletto).
  • Sunday, Jun 19 | 3 PM
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Aria Jukebox

An afternoon of opera highlights curated by the audience and sung by Wolf Trap Opera soloists. Arrive early to vote for the arias of your choice!
  • Sunday, Jun 26 | 3 PM
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Vocal Colors

Visual art and music are paired in 2 intimate evenings of song at The Phillips Collection.
  • Thursday, Jun 30 | 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, Jul 28 | 6:30 PM
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Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Each year, Wolf Trap Opera chooses one of its highly successful alumni as Artist in Residence. This master artist works with WTO’s young singers on both artistic and practical preparation for their careers. The 2016 Artist in Residence will be bass-baritone Alan Held. Mr. Held will present a public master class with young artists of... Continue Reading