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Virginia Opera Brings the Laughs with Comic Masterpiece Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos

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. 

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Metropolitan Opera Stars Light Up Virginia Opera Stages

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

Virginia Opera Announces Gala 40th Anniversary 2014-2015 Season

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.

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Virginia Opera brings Opera in the Park concerts to both Norfolk and Richmond this summer

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Private Bank, announce that the Opera will present its annual Opera in the Park concert in two of its homes this year.  As in previous years, Opera in the Park will take place at Norfolk’s Town Point Park on Saturday, Sep. 7 in conjunction with Festevents 2013 Season. And, for the first time, the concert will also be presented in Richmond, Va., at the Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre as part of the City’s 57th Festival of Arts, on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Virginia Opera announces program changes for 2013-14 Season

Virginia Opera, the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be expanding its reach throughout the Commonwealth this coming season. The company is pleased to announce the additions of multiple programming initiatives designed to cultivate new audience members from across the state.

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Richmond VA – Kyle Lang, Stage Director & Choreographer, Stages His First La Bohème for Virginia Opera

Richmond, VA (October 20, 2015) – Kyle Lang knows his way around a stage. As a seasoned dancer and choreographer he has already worked at some the greatest Opera Houses in the country including The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera. Nevertheless, opening night of Virginia Opera’s La Bohème will mark an important accomplishment for Lang: his first opportunity at tackling the Puccini masterpiece as a stage director.

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Virginia Opera to present Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic masterpiece ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ as its final mainstage opera of the season. The four-act score contains some of opera’s most famous melodies and characters. This production features real-life husband and wife Matthew Burns and Anne-Carolyn Bird in the leading roles of betrothed lovebirds Figaro and Susanna.

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