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Wolf Trap Opera Company

Opera As Team Sport

Kim Witman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Kim Witman

We are currently producing an opera with 12 soloists. As our director said, that's at least eight or nine more than any opera needs.

Apples, Boots, Neti Pots, Water Burps & Rocket Surgery

Kim Witman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We're halfway through our 8-city audition tour, and both posts feature answers that the singers in our waiting rooms submitted via anonymous surveys.

So You Want to Be an Opera Singer

Kim Witman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We're auditioning 500 singers, looking for a couple dozen for next year's company. And meanwhile, we're trying to find out what makes these aspiring professional musicians tick.

The Voice and La Voce

Kim Witman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

It's just 3 weeks until I sit in a chair and wait for a different person to sing to me every 10 minutes. All day. For the better part of a month. In 8 different states. And although my chair will be facing forward the whole time, I'm spending this week drawing inspiration from the coaches on NBC's The Voice.

Lessons From a Land Hurricane

Kim Witman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

In October 1787, the premiere of Don Giovanni was postponed twice due to unprepared performers and tough rehearsal scheduling (according to Mozart.) In July 2012, Wolf Trap Opera's opening of Don Giovanni was postponed twice due to a land hurricane.

Opera Shortstop

Kim Witman | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Baseball metaphors abound in popular culture -- curveball, home run, strikeout. Those kinds of references pretty much exhaust what I know about the sport, but this baseball novel has struck a chord.

Into the Mouth of the Wolf

Kim Witman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

The act of performing music, theatre or dance is anything but random, as it requires hours, years, decades of polishing a craft and internalizing skills. But when the rubber meets the road, it's just you and your wits alone onstage, delivering whatever you've got in real time.

Context Is Everything

Kim Witman | Posted 05.25.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Two cities, two premieres, and two very different sets of public opinion. Is either one right? Wrong?

Casanova and Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

Casanova was a friend of Lorenzo da Ponte, the man who wrote the words to Mozart's Don Giovanni. Casanova, Lorenza da Ponte, and Don Giovanni. A frighteningly powerful intersection of virility, machismo and hubris.

Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Kim Witman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We had two perfect Don Giovannis and two ideal Leporellos. And they were both embodied by the same two guys. So we did what any sane and fair-minded casting company would do: give both gentlemen both roles and have them sing opposite one another in alternating performances.

The Don Juan Mirror

Kim Witman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Kim Witman

It seems that when we look at Don Giovanni, what we see are our own cultural obsessions peering back at us. In the late 20th century, we began to see Giovanni increasingly as a man in existential crisis.

From Page to Stage: Don Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
Kim Witman



Don Giovanni was a womanizer -- one beside whom Don Draper would pale. But it was not this Don's philandering, but the way in which he held himself above God and all morality that shocked Mozart's audiences most.

As Wolf Trap Opera Marks 40th Year, 14 Star Alumni to Return for Benefit Concert

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

2011-08-16-Screenshot20110816at10.07.25AM.jpg How valuable is Wolf Trap's program for young people who participate? The proof is in the numbers.