Press Releases

Virginia Opera Opens Landmark 40th Anniversary Season with Thrilling Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

September 12, 2014 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, launches the 40th Anniversary Season of the company with a landmark production of the Stephen Sondheim blockbuster, “Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Virginia Opera Brings the Laughs with Comic Masterpiece Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos

January 20, 2014 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, starts the New Year with a hilarious new production of Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos." With Director Sam Helfrich, known to Virginia Opera audiences for his recent highly acclaimed productions of "Orphée" (2011-12) and "A Streetcar Named Desire" (2012-13), Helfrich brings his signature style to this comic tour de force that will leave you laughing in the aisles. With Conductor Garrett Keast in his company debut, bringing his mastery of German Opera for our audiences to enjoy, and Andrew Lieberman's sets, whose set design for "Orphée" wowed audiences two years ago, this production plays the perfect host to the comic action. 

Metropolitan Opera Stars Light Up Virginia Opera Stages

NORFOLK, Va. (January 14, 2014) Go for the real thing as Virginia Opera invites you to experience the superb quality of Metropolitan Opera artists performing live on our stages! In keeping with our company standard to offer only the very best in opera – Virginia Opera is proud to announce that, following his critically acclaimed performance as Tamino in the recent Virginia Opera production of The Magic Flute, Tenor Matthew Plenk headed straight for The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role on their illustrious stage. Soprano Audrey Luna will soon dazzle audiences across the state in the spitfire role of Zerbinetta in Stauss’ romantic comedy Ariadne auf Naxos, coming to Virginia Opera fresh from performing at The Met.

Virginia Opera Announces Gala 40th Anniversary 2014-2015 Season

NORFOLK & RICHMOND, Va. (January 9, 2014) – In recognition of its landmark 40th Anniversary Season, Virginia Opera is proud to present a season of the very Best of the Best – showcasing powerful selections from its acclaimed dynamic range of staged vocal repertory. From Broadway musicals to operettas and fully staged Operas – both traditional and new from all around the globe – Virginia Opera audiences have always experienced only the highest quality performances on our stages and helped us earn the honor of being named The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia.