Rigoletto – Giuseppe Verdi
The relentlessly dark story of a wicked nobleman, a cunning court jester, and a naïve girl caught up in a shadowy world and a curse that haunts them all. A tangled tale of love with the threat of death at every turn, Rigoletto hurtles toward a conclusion that counts redemption its last concern and, ultimately, its lost cause. Verdi’s classic explores the underbelly of a bygone underworld where corruption holds little punishment, and innocence no reward.
This production is sung in Italian with English Supertitles
(N) October 2, 4 & 6, 2020 (R) October 9 & 11, 2020 (F) October 17 & 18, 2020
The Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan
A young apprentice pirate with no stomach for a future of piracy is due to be released from his required service on his twenty-first birthday… Trouble is, fate might just intervene with the plan. With his newly found sweetheart, a long-winded but well-intentioned father, and a Pirate King boss with his own merry band of buccaneers, Pirates presents a timeless comedic romp. Hijinks and hilarity don’t miss a beat, and love works to win the day.
Sung in English with English Supertitles
(N) November 13, 15, & 17 2020 (R) November 20 & 22, 2020 (F) December 4 & 5, 2020
Cold Mountain – Jennifer Higdon
The desperate tale of a wounded Confederate deserter’s struggle to reach his beloved home and wife after the battle of Petersburg, Virginia. Cold Mountain is a tale of how strong the power of love and the longing for peace and home have on us, and a reminder that within every era and place lie the narratives that illuminate our own humanity. Second in the Virginia Opera’s multi-year, “From Screen to Stage” initiative and a VO debut, Cold Mountain is based on Charles Frazier’s novel and the 2003 movie of the same title starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renée Zellweger.
This production is sung in English with English Supertitles
(N) February 5, 7, & 9 2021 (F) February 13 & 14, 2021 (R) February 19 & 21, 2021
The Marriage of Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart’s beloved comic opera The Marriage of Figaro is the kind of mad and frantic bedroom farce of which guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures are made. Full of scheming and wooing, flirting and folly, Figaro’s joyful and absurd twists pile the truly outrageous on top of the joyfully scandalous to provide what we all wish for — the very happiest of endings. Driven by the music of Mozart at his most spirited in collaboration with his entrusted librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Figaro promises captivating performances that will leave you walking on air.
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles
(N) March 12, 14, & 16 2021 (F) March 20 & 21, 2021 (R) March 26 & 28, 2021