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Virginia Opera Announces its 2013-14 Season

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announces its 2013-14 Season that features four, brand-new mainstage productions and two Special Engagement productions that span comedy, drama, farce and grand opera. The Company’s 39th Subscription Season will open with Falstaff in September, followed by The Magic Flute in November, Ariadne auf Naxos in February, and Carmen in March. Special Engagements next season will include performances of The Girl of the Golden West in January and Sweeney Todd in May.

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Virginia Opera to Present Popular Musical Camelot

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will present Camelot, the award-winning musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, as an addition to its 38th Season. Performances are scheduled for this coming January at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Va., Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Va., and the Landmark Theater in Richmond, Va.

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Virginia Opera to Present Two Productions on Behalf of Lyric Opera Virginia

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Lyric Opera Virginia jointly announce that Virginia Opera will now present previously scheduled Lyric Opera Virginia productions of both Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot and Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) to audiences throughout the Commonwealth.

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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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