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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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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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