Wolf Trap to return to normal with a bounteous summer season

Tue Feb 01, 2022 at 5:00 am

Kate Lindsey will perform a recital at Wolf Trap on July 8.

Wolf Trap is hoping for a return to something like normal in its 2022 summer season.

On Tuesday, the country’s only national park for the performing arts announced a full lineup of summer classical performances. Wolf Trap Opera Company (WTOC) will present its customary three operas, with casts featuring the best young artists selected at auditions around the country. The National Symphony Orchestra will make its usual slate of appearances as well.

At the Barns, WTOC opens the season with the company debut of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz, the influential early romantic 1821 opera about a marksman who makes a pact with the devil (June 18 to 26). The other opera in Wolf Trap’s smaller venue will be Susannah, by American composer Carlisle Floyd, who died last year at the age of 95 (August 12 to 20).

The NSO will join the WTOC for a single performance of Verdi’s classic La Traviata in the outdoor Filene Center (July 15). Song recitals also return, beginning with a program featuring WTOC young artists curated and led by Steven Blier (June 5). Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey returns to northern Virginia for a recital in the Barns (July 8), the highlight of the WTOC alumna’s tenure as 2022 Filene Artist in Residence.

After providing live performances of the scores for several film screenings in July, the NSO presents music of Tchaikovsky and Smetana, with conductor Steven Reineke and violinist Gil Shaham (August 5), as well as a program with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera (September 8). The Washington Ballet makes its return to Wolf Trap, too, in works by George Balanchine, Silas Farley, and Andile Ndlovu, with live music performed by the Wolf Trap Orchestra (September 14).

Tickets go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. February 19. wolftrap.org; 703-255-1868

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