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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces Summer 2019 Opera, Symphony and Dance Programming

  • Wolf Trap Opera’s (WTO) season includes four fully staged productions and a series of new and expanded UNTRAPPED community partnership performances
  • Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, is brought to life on the Filene Center stage featuring Filene Artists in a Houston Grand Opera production
  • New productions at The Barns at Wolf Trap include Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and a double bill of two rarely performed operas - Gluck’s Merlins Island and Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, presented together in a program entitled The World Turned Upside Down
  • Wolf Trap Opera welcomes acclaimed American tenor, Lawrence Brownlee (‘01) back as the 2019 Artist in Residence
  • Steven Blier celebrates 25 years of collaboration with WTO with two very special 25th Anniversary concerts at the Barns
  • UNTRAPPED lineup includes collaborations with the National Orchestra Institute + Festival (NOI+F) including a staged concert of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs featuring WTO alumna soprano Alyson Cambridge (’04, ’06) and current Filene Artist baritone Joshua Conyers
  • The National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) summer performances at Wolf Trap features the Wolf Trap debut of Music Director Gianandrea Noseda and collaborations with Jennifer Hudson, Sarah McLachlan, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Nas; and our favorite film scores come to life with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial In Concert, and Disney in Concert: Coco
  • The summer dance offerings include the return of American Ballet Theatre presenting Swan Lake and Caracalla Dance Theatre from Lebanon in a fully-staged spectacular of One Thousand and One Nights
  • Making their Wolf Trap debut as a part of their 140th anniversary tour, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Long Yu with cellist Alisa Weilerstein


Tickets go on sale to the public February 23; Wolf Trap members are buying now

Special promotion on February 23 only:

$10 lawn tickets and $20 rear orchestra tickets for select shows including Gianandrea Noseda with the National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, Caracalla Dance Theatre, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and The Barber of Seville


Vienna, Virginia (February 7, 2019)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced the first performances of Summer 2019, including a diverse range of classical programming, ranging from opera and orchestral music, to films with live orchestra and dance performances at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23; Wolf Trap members (donors of $80 and up) have access to presales and are beginning to purchase tickets now. An opera, symphony and dance calendar, production information and casting, and a full WTO artist roster can be found here. To view the full season, including pop, rock, musicals and more, visit www.wolftrap.org/calendar. Ticketing information and links to print-ready photography are below.

It is a distinct honor to announce this years opera, orchestral, and dance programs,said Kim Pensinger Witman, Vice President of Opera and Classical Programming. Wolf Trap is bringing an incredibly diverse season of programming to audiences, from continuing our long standing musical partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra to the stunning grandeur of opera and dance. This seasons offerings are a uniquely wonderful Wolf Trap experience and continue our tradition of welcoming patrons of all ages to experience the full spectrum of the performing arts.”

Wolf Trap Opera’s season features new productions, company premieres, cross-disciplinary partnerships across the region, and a roster of some of opera’s most promising young artists. The schedule includes four fully staged productions.

The WTO opens on June 22 with The World Turned Upside Downa double bill of staged operas at The Barns featuring Glucks Merlins Island and Ullmanns The Emperor of Atlantis with additional performances on June 26, 28 and 30. Also at The Barns, WTO will produce StraussAriadne auf Naxos on July 19, 21, 24 and 27. At the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, WTO takes the stage on August 9 for one night only with Rossinis, The Barber of Seville. First performed in 1816, Rossini's comedic opera has become one of the most beloved operas of all time.

The Wolf Trap Opera season also includes the highly popular annual recital with Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song. This years concerts on June 1 and 2 celebrate his 25th anniversary of performing with WTO’s emerging artists. The crowd-pleasing Aria Jukebox, where the audience votes on the pieces to be performed, will be held on July 28 at The Barns.

Wolf Trap Opera continues its UNTRAPPED initiative with two collaborations with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. On June 1, NOI+F and WTO will present Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs featuring the brilliant music of George Gershwin performed by soprano Alyson Cambridge and baritone Joshua Conyers, under the direction of conductor John Morris Russell. Ravel’s master work, L’heure espagnole, will be performed in an expanded concert staging on June 22. WTO singers will return to The Phillips Collection for Vocal Colors, marrying live music with works of art on June 13 and July 11.

The National Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap’s longest artistic partner, will feature Music Director Gianandrea Noseda making his Wolf Trap debut on July 26 conducting a program of Tchaikovsky & Beethoven with violinist Ning Feng. Perfect for nights under the stars, Wolf Trap’s popular film series continues with two nights of the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert on July 5 and 6, plus Disney in Concert: Coco on July 27, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert on August 2.  In addition, Wolf Trap and the NSO welcome: Nas on July 14, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 16, Sarah McLachlan on August 3 and Jennifer Hudson on September 5.

Making a rare U. S. appearance, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, celebrating their 140th anniversary, performs on August 14 under the baton of Music Director Long Yu with cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The evenings repertoire will include Qigang Chens Wu Xing (The Five Elements), Dvořáks Cello Concerto, and Rachmaninovs Symphonic Dances.
Dance programming brings two very different companies to the Filene Center stage. The American Ballet Theatre returns July 11 through 13 with the romantic fable of Swan Lake, featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with the role of Odette/Odile being performed by principal ballerinas Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, and Devon Teuscher. On June 12, Caracalla Dance Theatre, the internationally-acclaimed leading dance company from Lebanon, takes to the stage. Founded by Abdel-Halim Caracalla, this Lebanese-based dance company makes its Wolf Trap debut with an evening that includes One Thousand and One Nights, a retelling of the classic tale of Scheherazade.


Ticketing and On-Sale Information

  • Tickets for these performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Pricing varies by performance and seat location, and are subject to change. 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, which are tax-deductible, start at $80. For more information, visit wolftrap.org/membership.
  • Special promotion offered on February 23 only with $10 lawn tickets and $20 rear orchestra tickets for select performances including Gianandrea Noseda with the National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, Caracalla Dance Theatre, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and The Barber of Seville


On February 23 and 24, 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
    • After February 24, tickets may be purchased:
      • In-person at The Barns at Wolf Trap Box Office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA



Wolf Trap’s 2019 season is made possible by generous support from the following

Wolf Trap Foundation Official Sponsors and Partners:

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2019 Season Underwriters

The PNC Foundation, Premier Sponsor, 2019 Summer Season
The Boeing Company, Major Sponsor, Boeing Salutes Series
American Airlines, Official Airline
Hilton, Official Hotel
Steinway, Official Pianos



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 Childrens 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 Americas outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Traps education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Childrens Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.


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