Ed Mattos, who recently resigned after a year as executive director of Wolf Trap, saying he wasn't the right man for the job, expressed his concern in a recent interview that Wolf Trap and other Washington performing arts organizations not lose touch with their communities. He said this is a subtle matter, but involves building audiences that are genuinely loyal and that are excited about the programs being presented--something that Mattos didn't feel was happening at Wolf Trap, or for that matter at the Kennedy Center. Mattos said that he made a strong effort at "reaching out to the community" by, for example, scheduling last summer a spectacular program of Spanish light opera, the "Antologia de la Zarzuela," with 160 singers and dancers from Spain. Mattos thought this would appeal to the Washington area's burgeoning Hispanic community, and it did: the large audiences were strongly Hispanic. But Mattos said he felt higher-ups at Wolf Trap didn't appreciate this effort. He said he got the same feeling--not appreciated--after he brought the Baltimore and Richmond symphony orchestras to Wolf Trap last summer. So it went, and he quit. Mattos admits his approach may have been wrong. Who knows, at a time when people are hanging onto their money and audiences are shrinking, what will attract them and keep them? In any case, he said he left his job with "enormous regret," and wishes Wolf Trap and its officials the best.