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Virginia Opera Remounts Production of Die Fledermaus

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, presents a revival of Die Fledermaus by “Waltz King” Johann Strauss II, as the second production of its 38th Season. Regularly scheduled performances will be held in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax, with an additional performance now scheduled in Richmond for Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m., after the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Helmed by famed director Dorothy Danner, this production was first performed at Virginia Opera in 2003, where it was hailed as “sparkling and successful” by The Virginian-Pilot and “one of the most thoroughly enjoyable operatic experiences” by The Washington Post.

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Virginia Opera Launches New Web Site

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announces today the launch of its new, redesigned web site at www.vaopera.org. Designed by the SWARM Agency, the new site boasts a dynamic, image-rich appearance, new and expanded content and improved navigation and search tools, making online exclusives, favorite sections and new material more accessible than ever before.

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Virginia Opera Artists to perform at Rose Fest

RICHMOND, Va. (September 24, 2012) – Virginia Opera artists will return to this year’s Rose Fest at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Performances will take place between 12:15 and 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden members with standard admission charged to non-members.

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Virginia Opera announces Bourbon & Bizet for Young Professionals at 2113 Bistro-Lounge

RICHMOND, Va. (September 10, 2012) – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announces Bourbon & Bizet—a special event for Young Professionals—will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 beginning at 5:30 P.M. at 2113 Bistro-Lounge in Richmond, Va. Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and available at www.vaopera.org.

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Virginia Opera Opens 2012-13 Season with Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers

September 5, 2012 – Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will open its 2012-13 Season with Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Va., followed by additional performances in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax, Va.

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Virginia Opera establishes The Joan B. Miller Fund

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.

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Virginia Opera Announces Director Emeritus Appointment

NORFOLK, Va. – After serving for 18 years on the Board of Directors of Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the title of Director Emeritus has been conferred unanimously on Mrs. Joan Barbara Miller. Mrs. Miller joined the Virginia Opera Board of Directors in 1995. She is the immediate past-president of the Statewide Board of Directors of the Virginia Opera and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Mrs. Miller served as Board President from 2009 through 2011 and helped steer Virginia Opera through the first transition in artistic leadership in the company’s 38-year history.

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Virginia Opera Announces Addition to 2012-13 Season

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.

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Virginia Opera Announces Appointment of Peter Mark as Artistic Director Emeritus

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.

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Single tickets on sale for Virginia Opera 2012-13 Season on Aug 6.

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.

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