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Virginia Opera announces new works for 2016-2017 season

The Virginian-Pilot Jan 23, 2016- Virginia Opera has announced its plans for the 2016-17 season, which include the next step in its five-season Puccini cycle and the continuation of its First of Firsts series.

Virginia Opera Announces Stellar 2016-2017 Season

January 5, 2016- Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is proud to announce the stunning 2016-2017 Season. Pushing the envelope on exciting repertory as well as continuing the popular First of Firsts series (now in its sixth year), Virginia Opera announces a new artistic initiative that will span over five seasons – The Puccini Cycle. Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell P. Allen says, “Expect the unexpected on Virginia Opera stages across the state – from brand-new productions of traditional repertory to innovative and engaging selections of opera fare never before experienced by our patrons – as Virginia Opera proceeds into its 42nd Season!”

Virginia Opera announces 2016-2017 season

January 8, 2016 - The Virginia Gazette 

Virginia Opera's recently announced 2016-2017 season will blend tradition and innovation in four scheduled performances: "Turandot," "Der Freischütz," "The Barber of Seville" and double bill "The Seven Deadly Sins" and "Pagliacci." In its 42nd season, the company will also continue the First of Firsts series, currently in its sixth year, and recent artistic initiative The Puccini Cycle.

Virginia Opera brings an edge to classic "La Boheme"

Written by Erin Lindstrom

By: April Phillips

Virginian-Pilot correspondent

November 6, 2015

“La Boheme,” one of the most recognizable operas of all time, is a work that celebrates the ideals, the beauty and the tragedy of youth. The bohemian characters who give the opera its title live in the moment in a way that is hard to maintain once the responsibilities of work, family and bills chip away at youthful idealism. Perhaps it’s ironic that such a work has become so rooted in tradition that many productions of the opera are hidebound.

Virginia Opera intends to bring an edge to its seventh production of “La Boheme.”