Friday night’s storms played havoc with performances at Wolf Trap and Castleton, interrupting two operas and wiping out the whole weekend. Charles T. Downey was at Castleton and I was at Wolf Trap; we wrote about our experiences in Monday’s paper. (The Wolf Trap “Don Giovanni” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 3; Castleton’s “Barber of Seville” will be performed on Wednesday, July 4.)
But a number of performances did go on as scheduled. The Washington Early Music Festival came to an end on Saturday with a delightful performance from Hesperus, accompanying a screening of the 1923 film ”The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which I reviewed.
Robert Battey was thrilled by the final concert of the National Orchestral Institute under Asher Fisch — the Mahler Third. Leading up to this last week, I attended the “New Lights” concert, an annual experiment conducted by NOI students. And Charles T. Downey heard Fisch and the mezzo Stefanie Iranyi in a lecture-concert devoted to Mahler’s songs.
And one Wolf Trap Opera Company performance did go on in the last few days; Stephen Brookes reviewed a recital four Wolf Trap artists gave on Thursday at the Phillips Collection.