“A world where the erotic, the indulgent, the uninhibited dance boldly with rituals, taboos and superstitions that dare not be transgressed; a dreamland where the fantastical, the ecstatic, the rhapsodic co-exist recklessly. It is a veritable feast for eye and ear where the imagination can, and should, take flight.”
This is how director Tazewell Thompson describes an approaching Virginia Opera premiere creation.
One really can’t claim that Georges Bizet’s infrequently staged opera “The Pearl Fishers” is a spectacular jewel whose beauties have been hidden too long. But one also can’t deny that, with the help of a strong cast and production, it can be a quite satisfying and moving experience.
The Virginia Opera proved that point Saturday evening with the opening of its new production at the Harrison Opera House. Almost all elements were in alignment, creatively balanced with an emphasis on fine singing.
These days, it’s so easy to collect “friends.” As simple as clicking a button on a Facebook page.
In Georges Bizet’s opera “The Pearl Fishers,” with its island setting that appears timeless, friendship means much more.
NORFOLK, Va. (August 15, 2012) – Virginia Opera has established The Joan B. Miller Fund to honor the life and work of Joan Barbara Miller, who served as President of Virginia Opera from 2009 through 2011 and for many years on the Opera’s Statewide Board of Directors. Miller passed away Monday. Among her many contributions to Virginia Opera, Miller was a tireless proponent of bringing preeminent conductors from around the nation and the world to lead the Company’s productions.
NORFOLK, Va. (August 21, 2012) – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is excited to announce the 4th Annual Opera in the Park will take place at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 15. This year’s Opera in the Park is a landmark event, the first to feature the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which will also play three of the Company’s 2012-13 Season operas.
NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Opera is excited to announce the election of two new board members ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Mrs. Nancy Branch and Dr. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld were elected by the board on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Opera is adding a fifth production to the 2012-13 schedule and will now close next season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical Carousel. The musical will round out Virginia Opera’s 38th Season following The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet, Die Fledermaus by Johan Strauss II, A Streetcar Named Desire by André Previn, and The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The show is being presented by Virginia Opera in conjunction with the Virginia Arts Festival’s 2013 Season and opens Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia. Carousel will run for eight performances over two consecutive weekends in Norfolk, including performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees.
NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is excited to announce single tickets for the 2012-13 Season will go on sale Monday, August 6, 2012. The 2012-13 Season features four operas that delve into classic themes of love, jealousy and revenge. The Opera is also offering a special presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical Carousel in conjunction with the 2013 Virginia Arts Festival.
NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced its 2012-13 Season today, featuring four operas that delve into themes of love, jealousy and revenge. The season opens with The Pearl Fishers in September, followed by Die Fledermaus in November, A Streetcar Named Desire in February, and closes with The Marriage of Figaro in May 2013.
NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has named its former Artistic Director, Peter Mark, Artistic Director Emeritus of the company. Mr. Mark served as Artistic Director, Music Director and Principal Conductor of Virginia Opera from 1975, shortly following Virginia Opera’s founding, until November 2010. He also served as the Opera’s first General Director from 1975 until 2000.