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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces The First Wolf Trap Opera, Classical Music, Film, and Dance Performances for the 2023 Summer Season

    Tickets go on-sale to the public on February 17, 2023

    • Wolf Trap Opera’s (WTO) 2023 season features three full productions:
      • Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, at the Filene Center with the Wolf Trap Orchestra
      • The cautionary tale of Handel’s Semele, a drama inspired by mythology with a dramatic libretto and lyrical arias, and an immersive production of Gounod’s Faust in which a man makes a deal with the devil for eternal youth will enchant audiences at The Barns at Wolf Trap

    • Other WTO recitals and performances include the return of Steven Blier in Night and Day, U.S.A; two performances with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, A Night at the Opera and Lilacs featuring Tiffany Townsend; and audience favorite Aria Jukebox

    • American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, known for his carefully crafted character portrayals across international opera stages, is Wolf Trap’s 2023 Filene Artist in Residence

    • The new Salon Series, featuring WT Filene Artists, in intimate cabaret style performances at The Barns at Wolf Trap’s historic Scottish Barn, will allow audiences the chance to get up close with the next generation of opera stars

    • The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) brings award-winning soloists and beloved classics with the debut of three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn who plays Brahms’ violin concerto paired with Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony; Alexander Malofeev performs Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto paired with Holst’s The Planets with a film of NASA’s exploration of our solar system for an innovative night under the stars; and the legendary Lyle Lovett and His Large Band fuse county, swing, gospel and blues

    • American Ballet Theatre returns to the Filene Center with their celebrated production of the quintessential story ballet Giselle

    • Richmond Ballet makes their Wolf Trap debut with the Richmond Symphony and Chorus in the energetic Carmina Burana featuring John Butler’s spectacular choreography

    • Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap present Broadway in the Park, returning for a third year of Broadway’s greatest hits with stage and screen star Lea Salonga and the talented performers of Signature Theatre

    • Composer Joe Hisaishi leads the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert, a two-night celebration of music featuring the iconic scores and scenes from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki including Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro

    • Spend a night at the movies with the NSO during Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert and Jurassic Park in Concert

    Vienna, VA (January 31, 2023)
    Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announced today the initial lineup for the Summer 2023 season, including the Wolf Trap Opera (WTO) season, classical, symphony, and dance programming, and films with live orchestral music. The performances take place at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts at the Filene Center and The Barns at Wolf Trap.

    Wolf Trap Opera’s (WTO) season opens on The Barns at Wolf Trap stage in June with Handel’s Semele. The love story follows the god Jupiter, who is enchanted by the beauty of the all-too-mortal Semele. Known for some of Handel’s most powerfully seductive music and triumphant choruses, this opera touches on the parable of ambition and indulgence. Conductor Timothy Long leads the cast in this musical drama directed by Tara Faircloth.

    Gounod’s Faust, the French grand opera follows the timeless tale about a man selling his soul to the devil for immortality in a new immersive production at The Barns at Wolf Trap stage in July. The tragic opera established Gounod’s place as a legendary composer, and asks if the freedom of youth is worth the price of one’s eternity. Geoffrey McDonald conducts one of opera’s most performed tragedies, directed by Alison Mortiz.

    Mozart’s Don Giovanni soars onto the Filene Stage this July. This popular tragic-comedic opera with a supernatural twist, follows the path of destruction for a young playboy (Don Juan) in a single day. The themes of power, justice, and loyalty in this masterpiece are just as resonate today, making it a story to remember. Stephanie Rhodes Russell conducts the Wolf Trap Orchestra and Mary Birnbaum directs this compelling new production.

    “Wolf Trap takes an artist-centric approach when choosing our summer repertoire,” said Lee Anne Myslewski, Vice President, Opera and Classical Programming. “Our opera productions are specifically tailored for the voices of the most promising artists selected for our competitive summer residency program. This year’s performers are some of the best we’ve seen, and we are excited to showcase their talents with an array of operas and concerts that feature their talents.”

    Other WTO performances this summer include a new Salon Series (July 7, July 12, and July 28) featuring intimate performances in the Scottish Barn; two programs with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival -- A Night at the Opera (June 3) with Wolf Trap Studio Artists and acclaimed soprano Tiffany Townsend in Walker's Lilacs (June 24); a recital program led by Steven Blier’s Night and Day U.S.A (June 4); Aria Jukebox (July 2), where the audience  chooses the program (or arias. Just not ‘songs’); and Studio Spotlight with opera scenes featuring Studio Artists (August 3).

    Each summer, Wolf Trap welcomes the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to the Filene Center stage for a variety of performances and concerts. This summer audiences can enjoy The Planets in HD (July 7), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert (July 8), Jurassic Park in Concert (July 22), Hilary Hahn plays Brahms (August 4), and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (August 5).

    Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki (July 14 + 15) celebrates the partnership between composer and filmmaker. With montages from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki, known for their legendary and beloved characters, accompanied by the illustrious score of composer Joe Hisaishi, who conducts the NSO.

    Wolf Trap Opera (WTO) is a summer residency program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, offering emerging artists career development and performance experiences. The Filene Artists are at a point in their profession between training and full-time professional careers, and many have already won prestigious awards and finished professional training programs. Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Ryan McKinny (WTO 2006, 2008) is the 2023 Filene Artist in Residence. McKinny known for his highly crafted performances and intimate character portrayals, will give a public recital and conduct a master class this summer.

    The 2023 Filene Artists are Brittany Logan (soprano), Louisiana, Denis Vélez (soprano), Mexico; Esther Tonea (soprano), California; Renée Richardson (soprano), Pennsylvania; Tiffany Townsend (soprano), Mississippi; Véronique Filloux (soprano), California; Emily Triegle (mezzo-soprano), Louisiana; Kathleen Felty (mezzo-soprano), Texas; Mary Beth Nelson (mezzo-soprano), California, Eric Taylor (tenor), Washington; Lunga Eric Hallam (tenor), South Africa; Daniel Rich (baritone), Maryland; Kyle White (baritone), Texas; Andrew Gilstrap (bass-baritone), Tennessee; Cory McGee (bass), Virginia; Eric Lindsey (bass), Georgia; and Wm. Clay Thompson (bass), Kentucky.

    Wolf Trap Opera also selects Studio Artists each year who show significant potential and cultivates these young artists by providing skill-enhancing and career-building curriculum designed around their skillsets. The Studio Artists gain professional experience by covering their colleagues in the Filene Artist program, and through smaller roles and choruses for Wolf Trap Opera’s main-stage operas, opera scenes programs and recitals.

    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.

    Ticketing and On-Sale Information

    • Tickets for these performances go on sale to the public on Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. at wolftrap.org.
    • 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 with presale access start at $80 and are tax-deductible less the value of goods and services provided. For more information, visit wolftrap.org/membership.

    Wolf Trap’s 2023 season is made possible by generous support from the following

    Wolf Trap Foundation Official Sponsors and Partners:

    Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2023 Season Underwriters

    The PNC Foundation, Premier Sponsor, 2023 Summer Season

    The Boeing Company, Major Sponsor, Boeing Salutes Series

    American Airlines, Official Airline

    Steinway, Official Pianos

    Wolf Trap Opera is a program of 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 Foundation’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

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    Morgan Elwell, Media Relations Manager
    O) 703.255.4096 or morgane@wolftrap.org

    Jo LaBrecque, Vice President, Communications and Marketing
    O) 703.255.1997 or joannl@wolftrap.org

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