Virginia Opera Offers Free In-School Opera Performances Throughout Central and Northern Virginia
September 30, 2015 - Richmond, VA - Virginia Opera, the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is pleased to announce the launch of an historic new initiative created to provide free in-school opera performances for elementary school students. This Education Coalition Initiative, known as Adopt-A-School, was launched through a grassroots effort to sponsor in-school performances in Northern Virginia due to the reduction of government funding for such programming. The Woodlands Retirement Community was the first entity to underwrite several performances in Fairfax, VA. Since then, that vision has leveraged substantial underwriting from anonymous donors in Central and Northern VA which has resulted in extensive availability of free in-school opera performances for elementary school students. Many of these productions are original world premiere works created by Virginia Opera's Community Outreach Musical Director, Dr. Glenn Winters. World premiere works by Dr. Winters featured in this season's tour include A Trickster Trilogy, a comic romp through three classic fables and in honor of Black History month, Deep River, the story of the courageous African American contralto, Marian Anderson. These engaging interactive 40 minute operas include singers, costumes and sets, and adhere to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Standards of Learning. In Central Virginia the initiative will offer free in-school performances to every elementary school in the cities of Richmond and Petersburg. In Northern Virginia, seventeen elementary schools in Arlington and eight elementary schools in Alexandria will benefit.