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Student Night at the Opera

Student Night at the Opera is a program designed to provide students and chaperones unparalleled access to the power of live opera, at reduced ticket prices, to experience the excitement of professional performances first-hand in order to broaden the student’s appreciation for cultural arts our communities.

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"For seven years in a row, Virginia Opera's student night has amazed and thrilled my students. Many of these kids have never seen a live play, much less an opera, and the most frequent comment I hear at the end of the night is, 'When are we coming to the next one?' My kids and I have had great discussions on the nature of love, jealously, religion, as well as interpretation of costume, scenic, and light design. Their comments make it straight back to my classroom the next day, and become a part of our lesson. Thanks, Virginia Opera, for providing an interesting and intellectual evening my kids can afford and enjoy!"
- Clyde Berry, Kings Fork High School

"I am such a supporter of this program, and I hope to bring more and more of my students in the future; they enjoyed the show as much as they could, loved the costumes, the set, and realized that opera is not a foreign, untouchable art. They even asked when the next student night would be."
- Lisa Dyer, J.R. Tucker High School

Because Virginia Opera understands very well the importance of a quality education, we have created complimentary study guides for each of our productions to enrich the opera experience. These guides, which allow readers to learn more about the opera, time period, and composer prior to attending the performance, were developed by educators to ensure that they conform to the Virginia Standards of Learning and enhance classroom teaching environments.

 

 

Student Night at te Opera Performance Schedule

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Falstaff

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Carpenter Theater, Richmond

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

He’s fat, old, lecherous and broke, yet Falstaff is one of the most endearing characters in literature. William Shakespeare’s aging knight comes to life in this effervescent Verdi gem, as his scheme to get rich by simultaneously wooing two wealthy married women backfires…badly. In a hysterical twist, Falstaff finds himself the victim of his own tomfoolery, and at the mercy of those he tormented. But there are still a few tricks to be played, and the prince of rascality always has the last laugh! Rated PG-13

Relevant Virginia SOLs:

Science: 5.2

English: 4.5, 5.5, 6.4-5, 7.2, 7.5, 8.4-5, 9.3-4, 10.3-4, 11.3, 12.3

Foreign Language: FI.3, FI.7, FI.11-12, FII. 3, FII.7, FII.10-11, FIII.3, FIII.9-10, FIV.3, FIV.9-10

Music: 4.8, 4.10, 4.12-13, 4.15, 5.7-9, 5.11-13, MS.5-9, HS.1, HS.5-9, IB.17, IB.20-25, II.16, II.20-25, IAD.16, IAD.22, IAD.24-26, IAR.21-22, IAR.24-27

Theatre Arts: M.13-14, Tl.6-11, Tl.16, Tll.11-12, Tll.14-19, Tlll.15-16, TIV.10, TIV.13

 

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The Magic Flute

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Carpenter Theatre, Richmond

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Join the dashing Prince Tamino in his quest for truth, honor and a beautiful damsel in distress, who—true to fairytale form—he falls madly in love with, despite having never met. Mozart’s fantastical tale draws you into a world of magic-realism, complete with a giant serpent, moody monarchs, a secret brotherhood, and one very lovesick bird catcher. This charming opera, which is a profound exploration of the limits of loyalty and love, has been enchanting believers of all ages for over 200 years. Rated PG

Relevant Virginia SOLs:

Science: 5.2, 5.3

English: 4.5, 5.5, 6.4-5, 7.2, 7.5, 8.4-5, 9.3-4, 10.3-4, 11.3, 12.3

History: WHII.6

Foreign Language: GI.3, GI.7, GI.9-12, GII.3, GII.7, GII.9-12, GIII.3, GIII.9-10, GIV.3, GIV.7, GIV.9-10

Music: 4.8, 4.10, 4.12-13, 4.15, 5.7-9, 5.11-13, MS.5-9, HS.1, HS.5-9, IB.17, IB.20-25, II.16, II.20-25, IAD.16, IAD.22, IAD.24-26, IAR.21-22, IAR.24-27, CB.11-14, Cl.10-14, CAD.11-16, CAR.11-15

Theatre Arts: M.13-14, Tl.6-11, Tl.16, Tll.11-12, Tll.14-19, Tlll.15-16, TIV.10, TIV.13

 

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Ariadne auf Naxos

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Carpenter Theatre, Richmond

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

It’s party time! Vienna’s most lavish aristocrat is throwing the biggest bash of the season. Two groups of performers—a burlesque troupe and an opera company—are set to provide the entertainment, but when dinner runs late, the host orders both groups to perform together, creating a head-on collision between low humor and high art. When saucy flirt Zerbinetta, start of the burlesque troupe, tells Ariadne, the opera’s suicidal, lovelorn star, to ‘get over it’ and find another man, tragic opera suddenly becomes romantic comedy. Rated PG-13

Relevant Virginia SOLs:

Science: 5.2, 5.3

English: 4.5, 5.5, 6.4-5, 7.2, 7.5, 8.4-5, 9.3-4, 10.3-4, 11.3, 12.3

Foreign Language: GI.3, GI.7, GI.9-12, GII.3, GII.7, GII.9-12, GIII.3, GIII.9-10, GIV.3, GIV.7, GIV.9-10

Music: 4.8, 4.10, 4.12-13, 4.15, 5.7-9, 5.11-13, MS.5-9, HS.1, HS.5-9, IB.17, IB.20-25, II.16, II.20-25, IAD.16, IAD.22, IAD.24-26, IAR.21-22, IAR.24-27, CB.11-14, Cl.10-14, CAD.11-16, CAR.11-15

Theatre Arts: M.13-14, Tl.6-11, Tl.16, Tll.11-12, Tll.14-19, Tlll.15-16, TIV. 10, TIV.13

 

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Carmen

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Carpenter Theatre, Richmond

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:30 PM

When she’s not making cigarettes at the factory in Seville, Carmen is busy making trouble. This gypsy should come with a warning label! Unfortunately, naïve army corporal, Don José, is out of the loop. Boy meets girl and becomes so besotted that he wrecks his career and his life for her. When she drops him for the next man to come along—a dashing Toreador—her fancy decides her fate. Bizet’s masterpiece is the perfect combination of passion and drama, featuring the most seductive score in opera! Rated PG-13

Relevant Virginia SOLs:

Science: 5.2, 5.3

English: 4.5, 5.5, 6.4-5, 7.2, 7.5, 8.4-5, 9.3-4, 10.3-4, 11.3, 12.3

History: WG.7

Foreign Language: FI.3, FI.7, FI.11-12, FII.3, FII.7, FII.10-11, FIII.3, FIII.9-10, FIV.3, FIV9-10, SI.10, SII.10

Music: 4.8, 4.10, 4.12-13, 4.15, 5.7-9, 5.11-13, MS.5-9, HS.1, HS.5-9, IB.17, IB.20-25, II.16, II.20-25, IAD.16, IAD.22, IAD.24-26, IAR.21-22, IAR.24-27, CB.11-14, Cl.10-14, CAD.11-16, CAR.11-15

Theatre Arts: M.13-14, Tl.6-11, Tl.16, Tll.11-12, Tll.14-19, Tlll.15-16, TIV.10, TIV.13

 

 

Call Now for Tickets!

 

Ticket Type
Season Tickets (all operas)
Single Tickets (one opera)
Cost per student/chaperone (more info)
$30
$10

NORFOLK

757.213.4550

RICHMOND

1.866.673.7282

 

 

Tickets are for full-time students, grades 4 through 12. For each teacher/chaperone ticket purchased, a minimum of four student tickets must be purchased. Valid student identification is required for admittance of college students. Ticket prices are subject to availability. All Student Night at the Opera performances in Norfolk are reserved for students only. All performances in Richmond are limited to 100 student tickets.