Wolf Trap announces summer selection of classical music and opera

Tue Jan 30, 2024 at 11:36 am
Christine Brandes

Conductor Christine Brandes. Photo: Henry Dombey

Amid the doldrums of January, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced its lineup of classical music and opera for this summer. Leading the season for Wolf Trap Opera Company are two stagings of operas in the Barns: Mozart’s Così fan tutte (June 21 to 27), led by soprano-turned-conductor Christine Brandes, and Silent Night (August 9 to 17) by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, conducted by Geoffrey McDonald.

In other operatic happenings, Grant Gershon conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in the accompaniment for Puccini’s La bohème (July 19), a one-night performance at the outdoor Filene Center. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, a celebrated Wolf Trap Opera Company alumna, performs a recital on July 14 as this summer’s artist-in-residence. WTOC young artists will also perform Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the National Orchestral Institute at The Clarice (June 1).

The National Symphony Orchestra marks the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by performing that work on July 12. Ruth Reinhardt conducts WTOC young artists, including soprano Keely Futterer, mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Beteag, tenor Ricardo Garcia, and baritone Blake Denson. Violinist Njioma Grevious also takes the solo part in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto.

Tickets go on sale to the public February 16. wolftrap.org

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