Announcing the 2021-2022 Season!
Virginia Opera is thrilled to announce our plans for the 2021-2022 Opera Season!
Our season kicks off with an unprecedented production at an unexpected venue… Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold will be presented at Topgolf on Sunday, September 12th in Virginia Beach and Sunday, September 19th in Richmond. This outdoor venue gives us every opportunity to rekindle your love of opera in a completely unique – yet perfectly suited setting.
We return to our theaters with the ultimate fan favorite, La Bohème in November 2021. Starting off 2022 will be the Virginia Opera premiere of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. And, finally, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will close out our regular season in March/April 2022.
Our season continues with an exciting new partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival where we will co-present The Sound of Music. There are 3 performances at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. At this time, tickets are available for subscribers only.
We are also pleased to introduce Print at Home ticketing… no waiting for the mail to arrive, your tickets will be delivered directly to your email. You can print them at home or simply present them on your phones to be scanned. As always we are also happy to send you your tickets as well.
Next Season we are reimagining our performance schedule and introducing a Saturday evening performance in Norfolk. Starting with La Bohème, productions will be performed on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday matinee.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding over the past year. We hope you are as excited as we are for the future of Virginia Opera!
Subscription packages will go on-sale in the coming weeks. If you are currently a subscriber, you may renew your package online or by calling the box office at 866.673.7282.
Sung in German with English Surtitles
Performed exclusively at Topgolf Virginia Beach on September 12, 2021 at 4:30 and 8:00 PM and Topgolf Richmond on September 19, 2021 at 4:30 and 8:00 PM
The 2021-2022 Season kicks off with a bold premiere for Virginia Opera with Wagner’s first installment of the epic “Ring Cycle” – Das Rheingold. The story includes all the magic and power of Wagner’s epic vision, including gods, dwarves, giants, and the iconic castle Valhalla. A condensed version by Jonathan Dove will be performed in the unique outdoor setting of Topgolf in Virginia Beach and Richmond. Seating for these performances is limited and currently only available to subscribers.
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, November 5, 6, & 7, 2021
Dominion Energy Center Richmond, November 19 & 21, 2021
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax, November 13 & 14, 2021
Virginia Opera returns to our mainstage venues with a fresh take on a fan favorite with Puccini’s La Bohème. Every note that you love from the classic masterpiece will all be there – but in a carefully tailored production that will be under two hours without an intermission. Our priority is to make your return to theater as safe as it is enjoyable. Rodolfo and Mimì will be on full display as will their merry band of bohemians.
Music by Jake Heggie | Libretto by Gene Scheer
Based on an original play by Terrence McNally
Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera
Sung in English with English Surtitles
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, January 28, 29 & 30, 2022
Dominion Energy Center Richmond, February 11 & 13, 2022
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax, February 5 & 6, 2022
Virginia Opera is pleased to present the Commonwealth Premiere of Three Decembers. This intimate American work follows a family through three decades – 1986, 1996, 2006 – immersing you in their struggles to connect while old secrets emerge thickening the drama and tension. Based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublished play, Some Christmas Letters, the story follows Broadway star Madeline Mitchell in the twilight of her career, along with her children Beatrice and Charlie. This new addition to our repertoire grapples with contemporary issues wrapped in timeless music.
The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro)
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, March 25, 26, & 27, 2022
Dominion Energy Center Richmond, April 1 & 3, 2022
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax, April 9 & 10, 2022
Closing Virginia Opera’s 2021–2022 season is Mozart’s beloved comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Full of scheming and wooing, flirting and folly, Figaro’s joyful and absurd twists pile the truly outrageous on top of the scandalous to provide what we all wish for—the very happiest of endings. Driven by the music of Mozart with his entrusted librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Figaro promises captivating performances that will leave you walking on air and ready for our next season!
The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta von Trapp
Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, May 13, 14 & 15, 2022
NEW FOR 2021-2022 – Add-on a special production of The Sound of Music! Virginia Opera and Virginia Arts Festival are partnering to stage a new, full production of the classic musical in May 2022. Winner of five Tony Awards in 1959 and the basis for the timeless film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, plan to revisit all of your favorite songs with the von Trapps.