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March 17, 2017 March 25, 2017 March 31, 2017
March 19, 2017 March 26, 2017 April 2, 2017
March 21, 2017    

Come early for Opera UpClose! Held 45 minutes before every performance, this entertaining look "behind the scenes" will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the opera. 
Led by Dr. Opera, himself - Dr. Glenn Winters - at the piano!


Based on an ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s extravagant and exotic score, you will be thrown into a world of suspense and horror. Featuring “Nessun dorma,” one of the most famous opera arias of all time, and sung by a stellar cast of internationally recognized singers, led by audience favorite Kelly Cae Hogan (Salome 2015) and Derek Taylor (La Boheme 2009), you will be enthralled by this epic new production, under the direction of Virginia Opera’s beloved Lillian Groag (La Traviata 2015).

Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Runtime is 2 hours 30 minutes including 2 intermissions

Creative Team

Conductor: John DeMain
Director: Lillian Groag
Choreographer: Kyle Lang
Wig and Makeup Designer: Jim McGough


Princess Turandot: Kelly Cae Hogan
Calaf: Derek Taylor 
Timur: Ricardo Lugo *

Liù: Danielle Pastin *
Ping: Keith Brown ± 
Pang: Ian McEuen *
Pong: Joseph Gaines *
The Emperor: John McGuire *
A Mandarin: Andrew Paulson ¤

* Virginia Opera debut
¤ 2016-2017 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist
± Former Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist