Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Unveils 2015 Fine Arts Season

  • National Symphony Orchestra’s summer residency features legendary pianist Emanuel Ax, acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang and Broadway songstress Audra McDonald
  • Wolf Trap Opera to stage company premiere of Madama Butterfly in a new Filene Center production
  • New this season, a second Filene Center opera performance: Verdi’s Aida in Concert featuring Wolf Trap Opera Alumni Marjorie Owens, Michelle DeYoung, Carl Tanner and Scott Hendricks
  • Wolf Trap Opera Alumna Michelle DeYoung named 2015 Artist-in-Residence
  • Wolf Trap Opera’s Barns performances include Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Washington, D.C. area premiere of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles 
  • Dance programming includes National Ballet of China and full orchestra on a limited-engagement U.S. tour, as well as modern dance troupe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Tickets go on sale to the public March 21; Wolf Trap members buying now

Special promotion on March 21 and 22 only: $10 lawn tickets and $20 rear orchestra tickets to all Fine Arts performances at the Filene Center,
including NSO and Wolf Trap Opera, National Ballet of China, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Vienna, Virginia (March 2, 2015)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced its summer 2015 fine arts season, including symphony, opera and dance performances. Tickets for these performances go on sale to the public Saturday, March 21. Please find a complete calendar, by genre, as well as ticketing information here. To view the full season, including pop, rock, musicals and more, visit WolfTrap.org/press-and-media.

“The 2015 season continues Wolf Trap’s tradition as the summer destination for fine arts performances in the Washington region,” stated Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “The range of offerings is unrivaled, and offers access points for classical music aficionados, opera buffs, young people, children and families. Where else in our community can you sit under the stars, enjoy a picnic, and hear some of the finest musicians and singers in the world?”

The 2015 fine arts season opens with concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), the resident orchestra since Wolf Trap’s founding in 1971. Highlights include legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performing Brahms’ lyrical, intense Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Andrew Litton, and violinist Sarah Chang performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Shiyeon Sung, the first woman ever to win the prestigious Solti International Conductors’ Competition in 2006. Broadway songstress and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald also performs with the NSO.

Known for his charming onstage persona, NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou takes Wolf Trap audiences to the movies, with high-definition screenings of the 1985 classic Back to the Future (30th anniversary and North American premiere of the expanded score) and J.J. Abrams’ popular Star Trek (2009), with the films’ scores performed live by the NSO. De Cou also leads the NSO in an evening with singer-songwriter-composer Rufus Wainwright, who will perform both pop and classical compositions, and an evening featuring the music of beloved composer John Williams. Additional NSO performances include Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.

Wolf Trap Opera, the training ground for some of opera’s brightest talents, offers an expanded season at the Filene Center, where the company will perform a fully staged performance as well as a concert opera. Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists will perform in a new production and company premiere of Puccini’s sweeping Madama Butterfly, with the NSO and Choral Arts Society of Washington under the baton of LA Opera’s resident conductor Grant Gershon. The Filene Young Artists are singers on the verge of international careers who are selected through a highly competitive audition process; many go on to have major careers. The complete slate of 2015 Wolf Trap Opera artists may be found at WolfTrap.org/opera/roster/current-artists.  

In the second Filene Center opera performance, Wolf Trap Opera alumni will sing principal roles in Verdi’s Aida in Concert with the NSO, The Washington Chorus and conductor Daniele Callegari. Alumni include Metropolitan Opera artists Marjorie Owens (soprano) in the title role, Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano) as Amneris, Carl Tanner (tenor) as Radamès and Scott Hendricks (baritone) as Amonasro. Filene Young Artists complete the cast for this concert opera.

In addition to her performance in Aida, alumna Michelle DeYoung will serve as Wolf Trap Opera’s second Artist-in-Residence, following on the successful residency of Wolf Trap Opera alumnus Eric Owens (bass-baritone) in 2014. Throughout the summer, DeYoung will work as a coach and mentor to WTO’s 21 Filene Young Artists and 16 Studio Artists, who were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world to participate in Wolf Trap Opera’s 2015 season. DeYoung’s public appearances will include a Master Class, during which DeYoung will work with several of this summer’s young artists, and a Recitative Artist Panel, at which she will moderate a discussion with four of her opera industry colleagues.

Wolf Trap Opera’s 2015 season also features Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the Washington, D.C. area premiere of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, both performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Written more than 200 years apart, both comic operas draw on the beloved characters in French playwright Beaumarchais’ Figaro Trilogy. Opera audiences are familiar with the first stories through Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. In 1991, Pulitzer prizewinning composer John Corigliano completed the trilogy with his grand opera buffa The Ghosts of Versailles.

Throughout the summer, Wolf Trap Opera artists will also perform concerts and recitals, including the popular Aria Jukebox, in which patrons votes on the songs they wish to hear, and the artists perform on-demand. Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song returns to lead Wolf Trap Opera soloists in an intimate, in-the-round performance featuring the songs of an American musical theatre dynasty – Richard Rodgers, his daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon A Mattress), and his grandson Adam Guettel (A Light in the Piazza).

Dance programming includes the National Ballet of China in a rare Washington, D.C.-area appearance during a limited engagement U.S. tour. An internationally respected cultural emissary, the company will perform The Peony Pavilion, one of the most famous love stories in all of Chinese literature, to live music from the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra. A story of passion pitted against impossible odds, The Peony Pavilion features an eclectic and original score by Guo Wenjing that references works by Debussy, Holtz, Ravel and Prokofiev; choreography grounded in Western dance; and costumes by Academy Award–winning designer Emi Wada. Dance programming also features Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, an ensemble that combines modern, jazz and ballet to create an energetic, athletic form of contemporary dance.

Tickets for all announced performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 21. For on-sale opening weekend, March 21 and 22, Fine Arts performances at the Filene Center will be offered at $10 for lawn seats and $20 for rear orchestra.

Additional performances for the 2015 season, including all Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods shows, will be announced April 9.

Ticketing and On-Sale Information

  • Tickets for these performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tickets for performances at the Filene Center start at $10. Pricing varies by performance and seat location. See individual performance listings online or the calendar below for prices.
  • Wolf Trap members have access to exclusive presales and may purchase tickets in advance of the general public. Memberships start at $75. For more information, visit WolfTrap.org/membership.

Beginning March 21, tickets may be purchased:

  • Online at WolfTrap.org
  • By phone at 877.WOLFTRAP
  • In-person at the Filene Center Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA


Wolf Trap’s 2015 season is made possible by generous support from the following

Wolf Trap Foundation Official Sponsors and Partners:

PNC Premier Sponsor, 2015 Summer Season – celebrating 10 seasons of partnership

American Airlines Official Airlines 

The Boeing Company Major Sponsor, Rock Legends 

E & J Gallo Winery Official Wine & Champagne 

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Official Hotel 

WAMU 88.5 Official Media Sponsor, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, in association with Minnesota Public Radio, and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

Media Information

  • High-resolution images are available in Wolf Trap’s online newsroom or may be provided upon request.
  • Complete performance information is online at WolfTrap.org, and included in the attached press calendar.
  • Interviews with artists may be available upon request and by arrangement with the Wolf Trap PR team.
  • Requests for complimentary Press Tickets will be accepted beginning April 27, 2015.


All artists, repertoire, performance dates and pricing are current as of March 2, 2015, but are subject to change. The most up-to-date information on artists, performances and ticket availability may always be found on Wolf Trap’s website, WolfTrap.org.