Press Releases

Virginia Opera Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing: Virginia is for Opera Lovers

RICHMOND, Va. (October 15, 2014) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia Opera received $50,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $852,000 for 46 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

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.