Wolf Trap Unveils ‘Opera UNTRAPPED Online’ Program

By David Salazar

Wolf Trap has kicked off its online fall festival, which will feature several operas streamed under its “Opera UNTRAPPED Online” program.

It all kicked off on Sunday with “Love: Surrender – Scenes from ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Eugene Onegin.’” Performers included Jonathan Bryan, Chanae Curtis, Thomas Glass, Mackenzie Gotcher, Shannon Jennings, Yunuet Laguna, Leia Lensing, Conor McDonald, Brian Michael Moore, Nicholas Newton, and Wm. Clay Thomas.

Streaming Date: August 9 (La Bohème) & 16 (Eugene Onegin), 2020

The company will stream Gluck’s “Merlin’s Island” with Ben Edquist, Daniel Noyola, Shannon Jennings, Niru Liu, Megan Esther Grey, Conor McDonald, Bradley Bickhardt, Justin Burgess, and Wilford Kelly. Geoffrey McDonaldo conducts.

Streaming Date: August 10, 2020 

The company will present “Idomeneo” with Madison Leonard, Megan Mikalovna, Yelena Dyachek, Ian Koziara, and Duke Kim, among others.

Streaming Date: August 18, 2020

Gretchen Krupp, Alex Nowakowski, Chanae Curtis, Conor McDonald, Nicholas Newton, and Leia Lensing will be performing in numerous different takes on scenes from the Orpheus myth by Gluck and Monteverdi.

Streaming Date: August 23, 2020

Anthony Robin Schneider, Joshua Blue, Daniel Noyola, Shannon Jennings, Megan Esther Grey, and Victor Cardamone will star in “The Emperor of Atlantis.” Geoffrey McDonald conducts.

Streaming Date: Sept. 1, 2020

The company will present “Into the Woods,” a series of scenes that embrace Wolf Trap National Park. There will be scenes from such operas as “Falstaff,” “Norma,” Serse,” “Die Walküre,” “Hänsel und Gretel,” “Rake’s Progress,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Into the Woods,” and “Tosca.”

Streaming Date: Sept. 6, 2020

The series concludes with “Studio Spotlight” which will present scenes starring the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. Participants includes Justin Burgess, Blake Denson, Julia Gershkoff, Jeremy Harr, Saane Halaholo, Fran Daniel Laucerica, Samuel Kidd, and Tayte Mitchell, among others. There will be music from such works as “La Bohème,” “Eugene Onegin,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” “Billy Buddy,” “Iolanta,” “Champion,” “Ariodante,” and “Così fan tutte,” among many others.

Streaming Date: Sept. 20, 2020