2018 Productions

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.
  • Wednesday, Jun 27 | 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Jun 30 | 3 PM
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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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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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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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Other Past Performances

The Art of Pleasure
Steven Blier & Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
Program to include songs by Piazzolla, Léhar, Bernstein, Lehrer, Strauss, Tosti, and Rachmaninoff.
  • Thursday, May 31 | 2 PM
  • Friday, Jun 01 | 7:30 PM
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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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Copland, Gershwin, & Bernstein
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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Kurt Weill
The Seven Deadly Sins
Wolf Trap Opera, in partnership with Halcyon's By the People
Featuring dancers from Hong Kong Ballet
A stunning new production from the wildly successful creators of 2017’s The Fall of the House of Usher, this theatrical event observes and comments on the American experience through a myriad of musical lenses.
  • Saturday, Jun 23 | 8 PM
  • Sunday, Jun 24 | 1 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.
  • Saturday, Jun 23 | 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, 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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