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NSO at Wolf Trap: Verdi, Puccini, Bizet & Wagner: "Murder and Other Operatic Mayhem"

From villains to vixens, maidens to madmen, experience a grand night of opera highlights from Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Wagner, a

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  • Sat., Jul. 9, 2005, 8:15 PM
  • Wolf Trap
  • 2 hrs.
  • $28.00 - $38.00
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Villains and vixens, maidens and madmen, lovers and liars, hunchbacks and henchmen. Good vs. evil has always made for riveting opera--and tonight, get ready for operatic thrills and chills that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or if you're on the lawn, the edge of your blanket!). Emil de Cou leads dramatic solo, ensemble, and choral excerpts from opera masterpieces, including Puccini's Tosca and Madama Butterfly; Bizet's Carmen; Wagner's Die Walküre; and four by Verdi: La forza del destino, Il trovatore, Rigoletto, and Aida. Plus, don't miss a dash of opera on Broadway with the comic melodrama of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado and the macabre delights of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Gloom and doom have never been so much fun!


For tickets and information, call toll-free at (877) WOLFTRAP, or visit

Programs and artists subject to change.

Program and Notes

 Overture to La forza del destino
Aria, "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto
Quartet, "Bella figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto
Act II, Scene 1 from Il trovatore
Sextet, "Chi mi frena" from  Lucia di Lammermoor
Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly
Act I Finale from Tosca
"Ride of the Valkyries" from Act III of  Die Walküre
Excerpts from Hansel and Gretel
"Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd
"Behold the Lord High Executioner" from The Mikado
"I've got a little list" from The Mikado
Excerpts from Carmen
Triumphal Scene from Act II of Aida


Watch and Listen

National Symphony Orchestra collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera Company

Understanding the Music: Bizet - Excerpts from Carmen

Understanding the Music: Puccini - Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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