Louis C.K. has a bit in which he notes how incredible it is that women continue to go out with men, given that the number one threat to women, and chief cause of injury and mayhem to them is, well, men. The number one threat to men? Heart disease.
Stephen Sondheim said of Sweeney Todd, “If you do it in a theatre, it’s a musical. If you do it in an opera house, it’s an opera.” Presented Sept. 26 at the Harrison Opera House as Virginia Opera’s 40th season opener, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, was not only an opera but one not to be missed, even if you have to go to Richmond to catch it.
By Teresa Annas
©April 29, 2014
Virginia Opera has promoted two of its artistic staff members to lead positions, effective immediately.
Adam Turner, formerly resident conductor, has been bumped up to principal conductor and artistic adviser. He signed a two-year agreement to help select the operas and performers for each season and to conduct at least two productions each year.
By Charles T. Downey, Published: April 13
An opera company is unlikely to have a triumph, in the critical sense, by staging “Carmen,” but Georges Bizet’s story of passion and murder will fill a house. It worked for Virginia Opera, which staged the opera on Friday night at George Mason University Center for the Arts. With some talented singers and a handsome production, updated by director Tazewell Thompson to Franco-era Spain, it was bound to be a crowd-pleaser.