Welcome to Virginia Opera’s 45th Season!

Whether you are a veteran opera-goer or contemplating your first “night at the opera,” I wholeheartedly encourage you to embrace the experience of heading to the theater to enjoy the talent and spectacle that is opera. You will be treated to the best voices in the world, the fabulous musicianship of two stellar symphony orchestras – the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra – as well as being thoroughly transported by the theatrical thrill of our productions’ lavish sets and vibrant costumes. – Adam Turner, Artistic Director

Tosca – Giacomo Puccini

Among the most acclaimed and performed operas of all time, the melodrama Tosca is a volatile tale of romance, jealousy, intrigue and murder set against the backdrop of Rome on the verge of military invasion.

Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

October 2019

The Postman (Il Postino) – Daniel Catán

Based on the 1994 Oscar-winning film of the same title, this universal story of love longed-for and-won recalls the imagined life of exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, as he provides his love-struck postman, Mario, with the words to reveal his heart to the woman of his dreams.

Sung in Spanish with English Supertitles

November 2019

Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – Gioachino Rossini

Set in eighteenth century Italy, the downtrodden Cinderella, rises to meet the destiny that only romance with her one true prince can bring. A classic tale full of glimmering splendor, Cinderella is full of the familiar joy of its namesake, making it a perfect and lighthearted tale for everyone.

Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

January/February 2020

Aida – Giuseppe Verdi

Aida is the story of an enslaved Ethiopian princess who captures the heart of her Egyptian conqueror-dividing allegiances and hearts alike. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida remains among the grandest operas of all time, and provides audiences with a story that is still among the world’s epic narratives of undying love.

Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

March 2020

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