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Opera in the Park 2014

Come to Opera in the Park in your Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett costumes and if you are chosen to compete you could win some awesom Sweeney themed prizes!



The Program
The Prizes
The Partners
The Parks


The Program

Virginia Opera’s
2014 Opera in the Park

Adam Turner, conductor 

Part I
Rossini William Tell Overture – Finale from William Tell Orchestra
Verdi “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto Scott Ramsay
Sondheim “Prologue: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd Virginia Opera Chorus
Sondheim “The Worst Pies In London” from Sweeney Todd Phyllis Pancella
Mozart “Soave sia il vento” from Così fan tutte Katherine Polit/Kristen Choi/Keith Brown
Verdi “Di provenza il mar” from La Traviata Jake Gardner
Verdi “De miei bollenti spiriti” from La Traviata Ben Werley
Strauss “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome Orchestra
Puccini “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi Shannon Jennings
Leoncavallo “Bell Chorus” from I Pagliacci Virginia Opera Chorus
Rossini “All’idea di quel metallo” from The Barber of Seville Javier Abreu/Andre Chiang
Donizetti Sextet and Act 2 Finale from Lucia di Lammermoor Amanda Opuszynski/Courtney Miller/Scott Ramsay/Michael Kuhn/Andre Chiang/Adrian Smith
Part II
Ponchielli “Dance of the Hours” from La Gioconda Orchestra
Bernstein “Tonight Quintet” from West Side Story Shannon Jennings/Kristen Choi/ David Blalock/Brian Mextorf/Andre Chiang
Sondheim “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night Music Diana DiMarzio
Mozart “Sull’aria” from The Marriage of Figaro Katherine Polit/Shannon Jennings
Tchaikovsky “Lenski’s Aria” from Eugene Onegin Scott Ramsay
Donizetti “Tornami a dir che m’ami” from Don Pasquale Amanda Opuszynski/Javier Abreu
G&S “Three Little Maids” from The Mikado Katherine Polit/Courtney Miller/Kristen Choi
G&S “Refrain, audacious tar” from HMS Pinafore Shannon Jennings/Cullen Gandy
Sondheim “Getting Married Today” from Company Diana DiMarzio/Katherine Polit/Brian Mextorf
Bernstein “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide Amanda Opuszynski/Courtney Miller/Scott Ramsay/Andre Chiang/Adrian Smith
Verdi “Libiamo” from La Traviata Tutti & Chorus


The Prizes

Everyone who attends Opera in the Park can ENTER TO WIN in our FREE Great Big Giveaway at the event. We'll be giving out tons of prizes including the following at BOTH events in Norfolk and Richmond:



$65 gift certificate to Massage on the Move

2 tickets to opening night of Sweeney Todd at The Carpenter Theatre

Gift Certificate from Sweets n Treats for  FUDGE!

2 Tickets to see HMS Pinafore at The Carpenter Theatre

$50 gift certificate Windy Hill Golf course

2 tickets to see Salome at The Carpenter Theatre

Admission for 2 to the Science Museum of Virginia

$20 gift certificate  to O ’Tooles Restaurant

2 tickets to see La Traviata at The Carpenter Theatre

$45 gift certificate for South Beach Tan and Body


Spirit of Norfolk lunch Cruise for 2

2 tickets to Opening night of Sweeney Todd at The Harrison Opera House

$100 gift certificate to Aberdeen Barn

2 tickets to HMS Pinafore at The Harrison Opera House

18 holes at Ocean View Golf Course

2 tickets to Salome at The Harrison Opera House

Silver Necklace and earring set from Hi Ho Silver $95 value

2 tickets to La Traviata at The Harrison Opera House

$50 gift certificate to Freemason Abbey

$50 Gift Certificate to Sunset Paradise Restaurant


All winners will be announced at Intermission during Opera in the Park. No purchase necessary. Must be present to enter and win.


The Partners

Virginia Opera would like to thank the following partners who have helped make Opera in the Park possible:







The Parks

Town Point Park - Norfolk, VA

Town Point Park is the People's Park, providing eight acres of peaceful outdoor spaces, nestled on the riverbanks of the Elizabeth River and located in the heart of the business district in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Information about Parking and Directions can be found at WWW.FESTEVENTS.ORG.

Accessibility: Town Point Park is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.  All Norfolk Festevents programs are accessible to persons with disabilities, with accessible parking available at all city-parking garages.  In Town Point Park, wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located near the Spirit of Norfolk.  Individuals requesting special accommodations for events are asked to call the Norfolk Festevents office at 757.441.2345.  Special seating accommodations can be requested the day of an event from any event security officer or uniformed staff member.

Photography and Videotaping: Festivals and events are photographed and videotaped for future promotional use by professionals employed by Norfolk Festevents who are easily identified by staff credentials. Festivals and events are also photographed and taped by the news media for television and newspaper coverage and are identified by their press credentials.

Festival Boater Packages and park-side docking: Navigate the waterways to Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia, Mile Marker Zero on the Intracoastal Waterway. Docking is available along the park sea wall with advanced reservation for most events. For more information on festival boater package or free park-side docking please call James Scruggs at 757.441.2345 x 3019 or email

Food and Beverage: Food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages at selected events, are available for purchase at most events. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the park at any time.  Patrons must be at least 21 years of age with a valid photo ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages.

Lost and Found: Festival attendees can check for lost items with event security or call Norfolk Festevents during business hours, 9 am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.  Lost persons should report to security at all events.  No public address announcements regarding lost persons or items will be made during events.

Restrooms: Portable restrooms, including accessible units for physically impaired, are conveniently located within the park during special events.

Recycling: Norfolk Festevents and the City of Norfolk encourage all patrons to recycle cans, plastic bottles, and paper in the appropriate containers located throughout the park during events.

Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre at Byrd Park - Richmond, VA

Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located at 6000 S. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220 in Byrd Park. 

Since 1956, it has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre. In addition to these events, the Festival of Arts also incorporates a children's series with performances at our Ha' Penny stage.

The Dogwood Dell does not cancel performances until show time (unless drastic weather conditions exist). Patrons can listen to WRVA for Dell cancellations.

Parking is available at Dogwood Dell and is open to the public.

Regulations: Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited. Animals are restricted unless for service purposes. Smoking and cell phone usage are restricted to areas outside the Dell seating area. Exit the park immediately following late night performances. Loitering in the amphitheater and surrounding areas is prohibited. Licensed vending is permitted within restricted areas if approved by the City. Public protests, and/or offensive displays are not permitted.

download a brochure for the 57th Annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell below. For more information, call (804)646-1437 or call the Dell hotline at (804)646-DELL.