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NORFOLK & RICHMOND, VA | June 19, 2015- Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is excited to announce two important dates to note coming up fast: the 7th Annual Norfolk, VA Opera in the Park will take place at Town Point Park, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:30pm and the 3rd Annual Richmond, VA Opera in the Park will take place at Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre, on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7:30pm. Mark your calendars now.
April 29, 2015 – The Virginia Opera took a gamble by staging its landmark production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical theater blockbuster Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as the opening show for its 40th anniversary season, which began last fall. Happily, the gamble paid off–big time.
NORFOLK, VA | July 17, 2015- Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is proud to announce two company highlights this week: Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Adam Turner guest-conducts at Central City Opera while baritone Edward Parks, soon to be seen on Virginia Opera stages in La Bohème, secures a coveted place in the final round of Operalia at the Royal Opera House in London!
NORFOLK, VA | July 21, 2015- Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, congratulates baritone Edward Parks, soon to be seen on Virginia Opera stages as Marcello in La Bohème, for placing in the Operalia International Opera Competition at the Royal Opera House in London!
January 16, 2015 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, continues to celebrate its 40th Anniversary Season with a production of Richard Strauss’ sizzling opera in one act, the tour-de-force “Salome.” With a cast of internationally recognized opera stars, performing some of the most challenging and stunning music known in the field, this production highlights the drama of the story, taking it to an even higher dramatic level with its significant score. Returning Director Stephen Lawless (Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago) breathes lightning-charged energy into this work, as he did last season with Virginia Opera’s “Falstaff.” In developing “Salome” Strauss followed the scintillating Oscar Wilde play based on the Old Testament story,which when premiered in 1905, shocked audiences by themes that caused the show to be censored and banned for decades. Today, modern patrons will not be shaken by this blockbuster storyline similar to any current Hollywood screenplay, juxtaposed against Strauss’ rich score, laden with Middle Eastern flavors and exhibiting a complexity far beyond its days.
RICHMOND, Va. (October 15, 2014) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia Opera received $50,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $852,000 for 46 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.
September 12, 2014 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, launches the 40th Anniversary Season of the company with a landmark production of the Stephen Sondheim blockbuster, “Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
January 20, 2014 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, starts the New Year with a hilarious new production of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos.” With Director Sam Helfrich, known to Virginia Opera audiences for his recent highly acclaimed productions of “Orphée” (2011-12) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (2012-13), Helfrich brings his signature style to this comic tour de force that will leave you laughing in the aisles. With Conductor Garrett Keast in his company debut, bringing his mastery of German Opera for our audiences to enjoy, and Andrew Lieberman’s sets, whose set design for “Orphée” wowed audiences two years ago, this production plays the perfect host to the comic action.
NORFOLK, Va. (January 14, 2014) Go for the real thing as Virginia Opera invites you to experience the superb quality of Metropolitan Opera artists performing live on our stages! In keeping with our company standard to offer only the very best in opera – Virginia Opera is proud to announce that, following his critically acclaimed performance as Tamino in the recent Virginia Opera production of The Magic Flute, Tenor Matthew Plenk headed straight for The Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role on their illustrious stage. Soprano Audrey Luna will soon dazzle audiences across the state in the spitfire role of Zerbinetta in Stauss’ romantic comedy Ariadne auf Naxos, coming to Virginia Opera fresh from performing at The Met. Continue Reading
NORFOLK & RICHMOND, Va. (January 9, 2014) – In recognition of its landmark 40th Anniversary Season, Virginia Opera is proud to present a season of the very Best of the Best – showcasing powerful selections from its acclaimed dynamic range of staged vocal repertory. From Broadway musicals to operettas and fully staged Operas – both traditional and new from all around the globe – Virginia Opera audiences have always experienced only the highest quality performances on our stages and helped us earn the honor of being named The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia.