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The Anonymous Lover

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2021 Performances

The Anonymous Lover in Concert
(L’Amant Anonyme)
This comic romance tells the story of Léontine, a beautiful young widow who has become disillusioned with love. Much to her surprise, she begins receiving a steady stream of letters and gifts from an unknown man professing his undying passion. This amuses her friend Valcour, who also claims to have no interest in romance. But now, after hiding his true feelings for years, Valcour works up the courage to reveal that he is the devoted secret admirer. Will his (inevitably awkward) confession sway a woman sworn to resist all affairs of the heart?
  • Friday, Jun 18 | 8 PM
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Sweeney Todd
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert
In this infamous 19th-century tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous Judge Turpin, who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck changes when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the addition of an ingredient to her meat pies that has the people of London begging for more!
  • Friday, Jul 02 | 8 PM
  • Saturday, Jul 03 | 8 PM
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Cinderella (Cendrillon) | Sāvitri
in Concert
Magical pumpkins, mice transformed into horses, and a fairy godmother all come together in Pauline Viardot’s one-act Cendrillon, which stays true to Perrault’s familiar fairy tale. Originally written for an intimate salon setting, this concert performance will feature a chamber orchestra and is sure to charm audience members of all ages.

Sāvitri: A tale of life, death, and illusion, the first page of the score of Gustav Holst’s chamber opera provides instructions that it be performed “in the open air,” making it ideal for a performance at Wolf Trap. The story comes from the Mahabharata, a Sanskrit epic from ancient India. Holst uses haunting vocal lines to breathe life into the story where love overcomes even Death.
  • Friday, Jul 16 | 8 PM
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Salon Series
This series of recitals offers us an intimate look into artistry. Each program is curated by the artists, providing a unique glimpse into how they interpret art songs and the world around them.
  • Thursday, Jul 15 | 7 PM
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STARias: Opera's Most Powerful Moments
Wolf Trap Opera Artists and Alumni
Celebrate 50 years of opera at Wolf Trap with evocative arias from WTO’s internationally renowned alumni alongside current young artists. Tamara Wilson, Michelle DeYoung, Paul Groves, Robert Watson, Ryan Speedo Green, and Raymond Aceto join Christopher Allen and the National Symphony Orchestra in the most dramatic moments from some of the world’s great operas. Seduction, struggle, deceit, atonement, love lost and found: the music of Gounod, Puccini, and Verdi provide a musical framework for the most powerful emotions of the human experience.
  • Friday, Jul 23 | 8 PM
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Aria Jukebox
An evening of opera highlights curated by you and sung by Wolf Trap Opera artists. Vote online and watch from the comfort of your couch!
  • Saturday, Jul 10 | 7 PM
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