Wolf Trap Presents Music from Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story and More Under the Stars
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Mozart's infamous opera of illicit affairs and the abuse of power gets turned on its ear by the D.C. Public Opera, which transforms Don Giovanni into a present-day tale set in Washington, D.C. Held at the glamorous Mayflower Hotel, this innovative production retains the spirit and power of Mozart's music and message, while putting a new twist on the action. Sung in Italian with a full orchestra conducted by John Edward Niles, the inaugural production of D.C. Public Opera heralds a unique vision for the future of the genre. Learn More
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Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra with singers from the Wolf Trap Opera Company: Ashlyn Rust, David Portillo, Hana Park, and Nathaniel Peake
Conducted by Emil de Cou
Music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod and Bernstein
• Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky began work on his Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture while he was a 29-year-old lawyer and revised it three times over the next 10 years.
• Sergey Prokofiev extracted three different concert suites from his 1936 Romeo and Juliet ballet masterpiece.
• Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette opera was first performed in 1888, and remains one of his most-loved works.
• Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story score modernized the Romeo and Juliet story into one of the most iconic stage productions of the twentieth century. The original Broadway play was nominated for a Tony Award in 1957, and led to numerous revivals and an Oscar-winning movie.
There will be a free Pre-Performance Discussion one hour before the performance.