After rigorous auditions in 6 cities, Wolf Trap Opera selected the top 2.5% of applicants as its 20 Filene Artists for the 2019 season. Because WTO selects the artists before determining the repertoire each season, the 2019 repertoire plays to the specific strengths of this year’s company.
The 15 Studio Artists selected for the 2019 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, San Francisco Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Curtis Institute of Music.
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.
Wolf Trap Opera fosters the next generation of administrative, production, and technical theatre talent through through its Apprenticeship track – a division of Wolf Trap Education’s award-winning Internship program.
For 3 months every summer, industry-leading conductors, directors, designers, production managers, artistic directors, coaches, and guest faculty gather at Wolf Trap to make great opera and mentor up-and-coming singers.
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 2019 Filene Artist in Residence is tenor Lawrence Brownlee.
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.