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Wolf Trap Opera Presents Rossini’s "The Touchstone"

Wolf Trap Opera Offers Free Online Streaming of 2017 production of Rossini’s "The Touchstone"

The 2017 production of Rossini’s The Touchstone will be available online through March 2018. Washington Classical Review called The Touchstone “a delightful rarity offering a plethora of roles for the rising singers Wolf Trap Opera invites to northern Virginia every summer.”









The company premiere of The Touchstone was performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap in June and July 2017. The production ran for four performances, earning high praise from audiences and critics alike, with The Washington Post declaring it “a cream puff of an opera…[with] some delightful music. Richard Ollarsaba … evoking a young Ruggero Raimondi in looks and manner, with meltingly smooth bass-baritone and Zoie Reams, with a thick, warm mezzo-soprano and clean coloratura were clearly the people with the most substance on stage. And the whole thing was given added buoyancy by the conducting of Antony Walker … you could practically feel him bouncing on his feet.” Opera News wrote, “That La Pietra deserves the occasional dusting off was heartily confirmed by Wolf Trap Opera in a colorful production at the Barns at Wolf Trap … in a performance that merrily romped all over an Erhard Rom’s designed stage.”

In the opera, Rossini and his librettist Luigi Romanelli demonstrate that money is indeed a way to find out who your true friends are. An opera buffa, The Touchstone includes acrobatic high-wire vocal feats, comic mistaken identities, a Rossinian storm, love triangles, and larger-than-life characters. Written when the composer was only 20 years of age, The Touchstone was Rossini’s first full-length opera commission, and its success launched his career. This production marks the east coast premiere of the comic gem.


In order of appearance

Pacuvio, a poet – Shea Owens
Fabrizio, a servant – Anthony Schneider
Baroness Aspasia – Megan Mikailovna Samarin
Donna Fulvia – Summer Hassan
Macrobio, a journalist – Kihun Yoon
Giocondo, Asdrubale’s friend – Alasdair Kent
Clarice – Zoie Reams
Count Asdrubale – Richard Ollarsaba
Guests & Servants of the Count – Ricardo Garcia, Sam Grosby, Cory Gross, Senhica Klee, Jonathan Bryan,
Geoffrey Hahn, Michael Hawk, Matthew Fleisher, Andrew Gilstrap


Conductor – Antony Walker
Director – E. Loren Meeker
Scenic Designer – Erhard Rom
Costume Designer – Erik Teague
Lighting Designer – Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer – Anne Nesmith
Chorusmaster – David Hanlon


Musical Preparation – David Hanlon, Nicolò Sbuelz, Lindsay Woodward
Italian Coach – Nicolò Sbuelz
Production Stage Manager – Michael Janney
Assistant Stage Manager – Madeline Levy
Supertitle Coordinator – K. Annie Brooks


Dan and Gayle D’Aniello
2017 Wolf Trap Opera Season Underwriters

Ed and Andy Smith
2017 Performance Sponsors

For more information on WTO’s video streaming initiative, visit the web site.

Opera streaming video presentations are made possible with support from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation.

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