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Jul
24
Wed
BRUCE HORNSBY & The Noisemakers with AMOS LEE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
From pop and jazz to bluegrass, country, and beyond, Grammy-winning musician Bruce Hornsby (“The Way It Is”) has performed it all with everyone from Ricky Skaggs to Elton John. Similarly, Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Amos Lee (“Sweet Pea”) knows no musical limits. “Lee’s silky vibrato has always lent itself to a fluid shift between rock, soul, R&B, folk, you name it” (Billboard).
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STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in German with projected English translations
Jul
27
Sat
STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in German with projected English translations
Jul
28
Sun
ARIA JUKEBOX: THE AUDIENCE GETS TO CHOOSE! featuring WOLF TRAP OPERA FILENE ARTISTS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm
An afternoon of opera highlights curated by the audience and sung by Wolf Trap Opera soloists. Come to the preshow reception* to vote for the arias of your choice!
Each singer lists four arias in his jukebox, and the selection with the most votes is included in the performance. The result is a one-of-a-kind concert encompassing a surprising range of styles and composers.
*Free reception & aria voting begin at 2 pm
Jul
30
Tue
Herbie Hancock with Kamasi Washington @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rejoice in an evening of jazz fusion and R&B! Legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock (“Rockit,” “Cantaloupe Island”) returns to Wolf Trap with “the most talked-about jazz musician in recent memory” (Rolling Stone) Kamasi Washington whose progressive approach to jazz blends traditional sounds with elements of hip-hop, classical, and R&B.
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Aug
9
Fri
ROSSINI’S THE BARBER OF SEVILLE with the WOLF TRAP OPERA and LIDIYA YANKOVSKAYA as CONDUCTOR @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 9 @ 8:15 pm

Music by Giachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Set and costumes from Houston Grand Opera

 

The Barber of Seville is a co-production of Houston Grand Opera Association, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra National De Bordeaux, and Opera Australia.

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! One of the world’s most recognizable tunes from opera’s most beloved comedy. A wily barber aids the captivating Count Almaviva in wooing the vivacious Rosina right from under her cantankerous guardian’s nose. Uproariously funny, The Barber of Seville brims with sensational music, high-flying vocal fireworks, and some of opera’s most famous arias as its story twists and turns in the quest for love.

  • Pre-performance discussion on the Farmhouse Lawn at 7:15 pm
  • Performance running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including one intermission
  • Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Aug
17
Sat
Tony Bennett @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Garnering 19 Grammy Awards over a seven-decade-long career interpreting the Great American Songbook, “Bennett vocalizes American popular songs like nobody else can” (NPR).
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Aug
21
Wed
Lenny Kravitz @ Wolf Trap
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For over two decades, electrifying rocker Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, and more with his Grammy-winning music including “Fly Away,” “American Woman,” and “Again.” Experience all the hits along with new favorites from Kravitz’s latest album Raise Vibration (2018) when he takes the Wolf Trap stage.

Aug
24
Sat
SING-A-LONG: SOUND OF MUSIC @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 24 @ 7:15 pm
Celebrating over 50 years, the classic family film returns to the screen in Technicolor…with a twist! Sing-a-long with the movie using on-screen lyrics and become the star of the show. Lederhosen and veils welcome! A costume contest precedes the performance.

7:15 pm – Costume contest
7:40 pm – Film start (includes one 15 minute intermission)

This is the original film and is not accompanied by an orchestra (original soundtrack).

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Sound of Music

Aug
29
Thu
WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Comedians, journalists, celebrity guests, and more compete in NPR’s humorous and award-winning current events quiz show, hosted by author and playwright Peter Sagal along with scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.

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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Aug
30
Fri
WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Comedians, journalists, celebrity guests, and more compete in NPR’s humorous and award-winning current events quiz show, hosted by author and playwright Peter Sagal along with scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.

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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Sep
1
Sun
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro with SHAGGY @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Let the “Red Red Wine” and good vibes flow! Experience reggae favorites like “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You” and “Kingston Town” by UB40 featuring original vocalist Ali Campbell and founding member Astro, and enjoy Grammy winner Shaggy’s distinct voice on smashes like “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”
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Sep
6
Fri
THE PIANO GUYS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm
Racking up billions of views on YouTube and millions of followers online, The Piano Guys are a viral phenomenon. Since 2011 they’ve made over 65 cover videos featuring an original blend of classical music infused with pop that’s nothing short of sensational. See their stunning mashups live on stage!

Every ticket for this show includes a digital download of The Piano Guys’ new album, Limitless. You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase. US/Canadian residents only. Offer not valid on Resale tickets.

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The Piano Guys