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Wolf Trap Opera to offer 'Traviata,' 'Falstaff, 'Viaggio a Reims'

Wolf Trap Opera to offer 'Traviata,' 'Falstaff, 'Viaggio a Reims'

If it weren't for Wolf Trap Opera, summers around her would get awfully dull for some of us.

The company, which features young, up-and-coming artists in productions that typically generate musical and theatrical sparks, will concentrate on Italian repertoire for its 2013 season.

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This being the Verdi bicentennial year, two of that composer's masterpieces will be featured:

-- "La Traviata," in a presentation with video-projected scenic design July 19 at the Filene Center; the National Symphony Orchestra will participate in this event, conducted by Grant Gershon;

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-- "Falstaff," conducted by Dean Williamson and directed by Tomer Zvulun, presented in the Barns at Wolf Trap August 9, 11, 14 and 17.

Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims," conducted by Gary Thor Wedow and directed by David Gately, will open the season at the Barns June 21, 23 and 29.

Other events include another imaginative program organized and accompanied by pianist Steven Blier, this one called "Wonders To Wander To: Songs and Stories of Faraway Lands," July 6 and 7 at the Barns.

And company director Kim Witman will be at the piano to accompany what is billed as an "Aria Jukebox," with vocal artists singing audience-selected numbers, July 14 at the Barns.

Tickets to the Wolf Trap Opera season go on sale March 16.

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