Summer is rich with historic American music

Summer is rich with historic American music

June 1, 2018 | Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Missed out on tickets to “Hamilton”? Looking for something to evoke the spirit of the show, but at a more reasonable price? Washington’s classical calendar is full of events that relate in one way or another to the main themes of this blockbuster musical.

Vocal music: If what drew you to Hamilton was the prospect of song, you can hear the talents of tomorrow at and on a range of stages thanks to the renowned, and ever-ambitious, Wolf Trap Opera. Opera comes alive in the company’s diminutive home in the Wolf Trap Barns, where operatically trained voices have a visceral impact: “Idomeneo” (June 22-30) and “Romeo and Juliet” (July 15-21) are this summer’s titles. For a larger-scale experience, you can lounge on the lawn and hear “Rigoletto” at the Filene Center (Aug. 3). Or, go to Union Market, where Wolf Trap singers, in partnership with Halcyon’s By the People, will star in a Septime Webre production of Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins,” complete with dancers from the Hong Kong Ballet (June 23 and 24).

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