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May
20
Mon
Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
May 20 @ 7:30 pm

A Musical Fairy Tale with a Twist

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Peter Flynn (Ford’s Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 1776) returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Recommended for 12 and older.

May
21
Tue
Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
May 21 @ 2:00 pm

A Musical Fairy Tale with a Twist

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Peter Flynn (Ford’s Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 1776) returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Recommended for 12 and older.

Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

A Musical Fairy Tale with a Twist

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Peter Flynn (Ford’s Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 1776) returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Recommended for 12 and older.

May
22
Wed
Into the Woods @ Ford's Theatre
May 22 @ 7:30 pm

A Musical Fairy Tale with a Twist

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Peter Flynn (Ford’s Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 1776) returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Recommended for 12 and older.

Jun
1
Sat
STEVEN BLIER: 25TH ANNIVERSARY also featuring JOSEPH LI & WOLF TRAP OPERA SOLOISTS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day

Steven Blier of NYFOS returns for his 25thAnniversary recital joined by Joseph Li at the piano and a cast of new and familiar faces. Stage Director Katherine Carter also returns to celebrate Blier’s legacy and breathe new life into the program he has crafted.

Jun
12
Wed
CARACALLA DANCE THEATRE: ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
The “king of the musical theater world in the Middle East” (The Washington Post) makes its debut at Wolf Trap with a grand musical and balletic trilogy. One Thousand and One Night Nights takes audiences on a majestic journey to a far away and magical land where they will encounter a doomed king, a dazzling bazar, a mystical sorcerer, and more! Featuring music from Korsakov’s acclaimed Scheherazade and Ravel’s timeless Boléro.

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Caracalla Dance Theatre

Jun
18
Tue
ROCK OF AGES – TENTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! Nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and more, this tenth anniversary production will have you ready to rock!

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Rock of Ages

Jun
28
Fri
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • 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 French and German with projected English translations
Jun
30
Sun
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm
Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • 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 French and German with projected English translations
Jul
11
Thu
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 11 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
12
Fri
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 12 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
13
Sat
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 13 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
19
Fri
STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 19 @ 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
21
Sun
STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 21 @ 3:00 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
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
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
28
Sat
Fences @ Ford's Theatre
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives. Part of August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle, Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family’s struggles in a racist society.

Craig Wallace (A Christmas CarolDeath of a Salesman) and Erika Rose (Mosaic Theater Company’s Queens Girl in Africa, Woolly Mammoth’s An Octoroon) play the roles of Troy and Rose Maxson. The production will be directed by Timothy Douglas.