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Opera News and Events at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Turning the Corner: Strauss to Rossini

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:19:39 +0000

It’s been a busy week here at the Trap! We’ve been in technical rehearsals for Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which opens tomorrow (Friday, July 19) at The Barns. The production is set in the time period in which the piece was written, and there are beautiful homages to the work of visual artist Gustav Klimt and


Come as you are.

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:15:18 +0000

Dear opera community,   I hear you.   The feedback on the 2009 What (Not) to Wear blogpost has been difficult to read. Wolf Trap Opera has been stewarded by female leadership for 20 years, and to see something that we wrote to demystify the audition process in the style of a then-popular tv show


Wolf Trap Opera Music Staff

by Morgan Brophy
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 03:55:22 +0000

Wolf Trap Opera Music StaffEach summer we are visited by some of the best collaborative pianists in the industry; they join us from across the country bringing their musicianship, language specialties, and love and knowledge of the operatic repertoire, which infuse each production with the musical nuance you’ve come to expect at Wolf Trap. They work in the rehearsal


Heating Up!

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:00:28 +0000

The faces of WTO 2019Things are cooking over here at Wolf Trap Opera. (And I’m not referring the weather, nor to the awesome baked goods that are appearing in the offices and rehearsal rooms…many of our artists seems to have kitchen-focused hobbies, and while my clothes may be protesting my tummy is celebrating their culinary prowess!) This week we


Wolf Trap Opera Guest Faculty

by Morgan Brophy
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 03:21:19 +0000

In the studio… In addition to their onstage assignments, Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artists participate in a career-building curriculum designed especially for them. WTO’s guest faculty have specific areas of expertise and are able to provide insight on what is expected of them from the industry at large.   Deborah Birnbaum is an internationally established voice


Heinz 57 post (catch-up)

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:08:14 +0000

This is a short update, to both apologize for the lack of posting and to fill you in – albeit briefly – on our doings here at WTO. As you can see from the schedule above, we’re at critical mass. Each color represents a different project, each column represents a different space: rehearsals, fittings, coachings,


First Day of School: Studio Edition

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Tue, 28 May 2019 11:01:29 +0000

Imagine this: you’re a young singer, recently armed with a diploma that attests to the time and energy you’ve spent over the last six years. That piece of paper represents hours of practice time, language coachings, stage time at your university, scholarly papers submitted and countless tests taken and passed. Now what? How do you


And so it begins.

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Mon, 13 May 2019 16:58:52 +0000

We were delighted to welcome our first group of artists to Wolf Trap Opera this weekend. It wasn’t a moment too soon! Our winter and spring workflows are robust, but it’s quiet work. We have many colleagues and patrons who ask what we do outside the summer season, whether we’re employed year-round, and how we


Introductions are in Order: Lee Anne Myslewski

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:55:26 +0000

Wolf Trap Opera has gone through some changes in the last month! With Kim Witman’s retirement, we’ve restructured a bit and added some team members. This month, we’re going to introduce you to your new WTO team. Lee Anne Myslewski first got to know WTO through their Internship program; she was a participant in 2004,


WTO Represents! Award Season

by Lee Anne Myslewski
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:10:55 +0000

We’re taking a break from staff introductions to give a well-deserved shout-out to a number of Wolf Trap Opera alums who were honored for their artistry this spring. Roll out the red carpet! Soprano Ailyn Pérez (2006) was honored in April as a recipient of the 14th Annual Opera News Awards. Baritone Will Liverman (2015,


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