Virginia Opera’s Spring 2021 Season launches with an insider’s look into the technique of opera singing through our Masterclass Series featuring Denyce Graves! As an exclusive benefit to Virginia Opera subscribers and donors, eight weekly episodes of this immersive foray into our beloved art of opera will premiere every Wednesday beginning January 27th. 

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Our Featured presentations continue with a classic experience with a virtual twist as we invite you to Cabaret with Us! Our amazing Emerging Artists will bring the music, you pour the drinks and enjoy an evening on the town.

Next up is a fully staged one-act opera by the music legend Leonard Bernstein himself; Trouble in Tahiti, co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival. This fun production, set in 1950s suburbia, features a Greek chorus (which acts more like a radio commercial), spending a day in the life of “domestic bliss”, as a young married couple attempts to reconnect and rekindle their romance.

Our final Feature of the Season is a Spring Gala – our digital spring fundraising event. In addition to the amazing talents of our Emerging Artists we have a few surprises in the works!

Complementing our Featured presentations is the launch of our new digital learning platform – Virtually Amazing Opera. Launching with Dr. Glenn Winters’ The Princess and the Pea, a fully staged opera adventure that is sure to captivate the hearts and minds of young students. Virtually Amazing Opera digital learning catalog will expand later this spring as the timeless tale of a wooden puppet come to life receives the opera treatment by way of John Davies’ Pinocchio. Educators are encouraged to sign up at to receive these programs and more information about educational content throughout the Season.

More details are on the way soon!

The Artists

  • Symone Harcum

    Before becoming the opera star that she is, soprano Symone Harcum attended NSU and taught music education right here in Virginia. Our audiences last saw her as Clorinda in La Cenerentola in February 2020. To learn more about Symone, click here.

  • Nicholas Martorano

    Nicholas Martorano is back for the 2021 Spring Season after singing in VO’s Stayin’ Alive fall programming this past year. Nicholas also was seen singing the Pirate King in VO’s touring production of The Pirates of Penzance. To learn more about Nicholas, click here.

  • Eric J. McConnell

    Denver native Eric McConnell is delighted to be returning to Norfolk after making his debut with Virginia Opera in its Stayin’ Alive initiative last fall. A Northwestern/UMiami grad, Eric began his musical studies as a pianist before discovering his passion for singing and acting onstage. To learn more about Eric, click here.

  • Marissa Simmons

    Originally from Chicago, mezzo-soprano Marissa Simmons joins Virginia Opera, singing the roles of Pinocchio (Pinocchio) and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti). Ms. Simmons trained at the Frost School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is excited to span the acting realm from little boy to married woman. To learn more about Marissa, click here.

  • Andrew Turner

    A native of Tacoma, WA, tenor Andrew Turner is a versatile multidisciplinary artist whose engagements span the genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. An advocate for innovation across industries, he utilizes his cross-genre performance experience in bringing together diverse styles of artistry to one stage. To learn more about Andrew, click here.