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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From Lute Song to The Beatles

A delightful survey of four centuries of wit, sentiment, and unique music from the British Isles beginning with a bawdy Renaissance lute song and ending with dessert courses by Noël Coward and the Beatles. Along the way, there's an aria by a student of Mozart's, a Gilbert and Sullivan highlight, a bevy of beautiful ballads, and more.
  • Saturday, May 28 | 3 PM
  • Sunday, May 29 | 3 PM
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The Lucretia Project

Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia presents audiences with much food for thought. Its timeless themes still resonate—violence against women in time of war, the societal and theological responses to that violence, and the ways in which art can help us grapple with essential but difficult subjects.

In conjunction with its 2016 performance of this compelling opera, Wolf Trap presents The Lucretia Project – a series of community dialogues exploring social issues and works of art related to the Lucretia story.
  • Wednesday, Jun 01 | 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jun 11 | 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jun 11 | 8 PM
  • Sunday, Jun 12 | 5:30 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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Recitative Seminar

Each summer, Wolf Trap Opera’s Artist in Residence convenes a panel of his or her industry colleagues to discuss issues of concern to the opera community and the young artists of Wolf Trap Opera. This signature seminar is called Recitative—the name of a musical style in opera that is straightforward and to the point, qualities that this artist panel discussion shares. Topics often include new media, career development, competitions, artist management, and industry trends.

  • Saturday, Jun 25 | 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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Master Class with Alan Held

Each season’s 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.
  • Monday, Jun 27 | 7 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