After 500+ auditions in 6 cities, Wolf Trap Opera selected the top 2.8% of applicants as Filene Artists for the 2020 season. Because of WTO’s artistic-centered casting model, the 2020 repertoire highlights the specific strengths of these extraordinary musicians.
The 17 Studio Artists selected for the 2020 season comes from a broad range of the best conservatories and universities in the U.S., including Rice University Shepherd School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Boston Conservatory.
Singers are the most visible part of any opera company, but much important work happens behind the scenes. Wolf Trap Opera’s Fellowship track provides entry-level professional experience for future leaders in directing, coaching, and conducting.
Each year, Wolf Trap Opera chooses one of its highly successful alumni to return as the Filene Artist in Residence. This master artist works with WTO’s young singers on both artistic and practical preparation for their careers. The 2020 Filene Artist in Residence is mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.
For 3 months every summer, industry-leading conductors, directors, designers, stage managers, artistic directors, coaches, and guest faculty gather at Wolf Trap to make great opera and mentor up-and-coming singers.
Through its unique performance-based training program, Wolf Trap Opera has contributed to the career development of over 700 emerging singers. WTO alumni can be found working in every top opera house in the U.S., Europe, and beyond.