Once Upon a Time I went to Wolf Trap with Erica
Murder & Other Operatic Mayhem
Our granddaughter Erica came down from Upstate New York to help us celebrate our anniversary weekend, 2005.
As we had done in 2004, we went to Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts on our anniversary. We were fortunate in having a program of operatic highlights that we could all enjoy.
As the program teaser put it, "Villains and vixens, maidens and madmen—the heart of grand opera and the makings of a grand night of opera highlights! Join artists of our own Wolf Trap Opera for an evening of excerpts from Carmen, Aida, Rigoletto, and more!"
The weather was beautiful, and we started with a picnic in the area just outside the picture by the upper left building.
After our picnic, we went to the Park Service lecture, which was an introduction to and background for the evening's performance, and then at 8:15 the performance began.
We each left with a different tune humming in our minds. For me it was the lyrical "Tonight." Erica said it was the rousing "Ride of the Valkyries." And Brian went out humming "Les tringles des sistres."
VERDI: La forza del destino – Overture
VERDI: Il trovatore – Anvil Chorus
VERDI: Il trovatore – Stride la vampa
DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor – Sextet
VERDI: Rigoletto – La donna é mobile
VERDI: Rigoletto – Quartet
PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly – Humming Chorus
PUCCINI: Tosca – Te Deum
WAGNER: Die Walküre – Ride of the Valkyries
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Ride
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel & Gretel – Sandman & Evening Prayer
SONDHEIM: Sweeney Todd – Not While I’m Around
SULLIVAN: The Mikado – Behold the Lord High Executioner
BIZET: Carmen – Les tringles des sistres
BIZET: Carmen – Quintet
VERDI: Aida – Gloria all'Egitto (Triumphal Scene) - Aida
Monday, July 11, 2005; C05
'Murder & Other Operatic Mayhem'
The Wolf Trap Opera Company has recruited an extraordinary group of young singers this summer. That is hardly a news item; the company recruits an extraordinary group of young singers in its nationwide auditions every summer. But on Saturday night at the Filene Center, 10 members of the company made an especially strong impression.
They sang some of opera's most popular selections, inviting comparison with the greatest stars, past and present, and they emerged with honor. Sharing in the acclaim were the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chorus, brilliantly conducted by Emile de Cou.
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