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The Love Potion – On Stage at The Barns Next Weekend!

by Kim
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 22:44:59 +0000

The sounds of singing don’t often fill our rehearsal hall in winter, but this year is an exciting exception! Our first collaboration with Washington Concert Opera features the story of Tristan and Isolde as you’ve never heard it before. Coming up quickly, on February 9 & 10!


Save the Dates: Summer 2019

by Kim
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:04:58 +0000

Even though repertoire and casting details aren’t available yet, I am happy to share next summer’s performance dates so you may consider them as you plan your opera festival and vacation travels. (Of course, I realize that without repertoire info attached, this is incomplete at best. So, no need to remind me… But some of


Aria Frequency Lists Are Up!

by Kim
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 01:23:58 +0000

Data nerds, rejoice, the aria lists from this fall’s audition tour are now available on our Audition Resources page. And, as a special bonus this year, the spreadsheet with tabs for all voice types is available as a Google Sheet for download, sorting, and churning here. A little under-the-hood info for those of you who follow and


Upcoming: WTO Vocal Colors Recital in NYC

by Kim
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 19:13:54 +0000

Going to be in NYC in a couple of weeks? Catch some sumptuous Wolf Trap Opera singing on Friday, November 9, when two of our 2018 Filene Artists — mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin and tenor Ian Koziara — take the stage at the National Opera Center, collaborating with WTO pianist/coach Joseph Li. The concert is part of Opera America’s Emerging Artist Recital Series,


Change is Good

by Kim
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:21:50 +0000

[tl;dr – I’m retiring this winter. Be happy for me!] I began writing in this space 14 years ago this fall. The blogosphere wasn’t very crowded in 2004, and it took me a while to explain and justify this relatively new medium to my Wolf Trap colleagues. At that time, web sites were surprisingly static


Audition Tour: Home Stretch!

by Kim
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 02:12:14 +0000

Want a glimpse of our travels to cities number 4 & 5 on this year’s tour? Miss the first installment? Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Houston are here.


2019 Audition Tour Musings

by Kim
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 01:58:06 +0000

We’re almost done… One more day of auditions at our home base in Vienna, and then it’s off to the drawing board (well, literally, a big ol’ white board) to choose some repertoire and select singers! On today’s blog menu are some fragments of would-be posts… things that I wanted to share along the way


Video Stream Expires on Sunday!

by Kim
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:48:08 +0000

It’s almost the end of September… You know what that means? You have just a few more days to catch the time-limited video stream of our 2017 season productions of The Juniper Tree and Bastianello! One deliciously creepy, the other sweetly comical. “Charming and chilling, a children’s opera for thinking children (also known as ‘adults’)” The New York


Keeping Up With the Audition Tour

by Kim
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:17:10 +0000

If you follow us on Facebook (and btw, if you don’t, you should!:)), you might have seen the clips below. I’m sharing them here for those of you who eschew social media, or those whose feed algorithm hasn’t faithfully served them up! Chicago, New York, and Virginia await.



by Kim
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:02:10 +0000

Four audition days in the rearview, eleven to go. Random observations on auditions so far, shared from Terminal B at CVG airport, where we were deposited by a chatty Uber driver, where I can’t find a water bottle filling station (3 for 3 airports so far… what the heck?), and where we are over an


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