Virginia Opera Guild

Virginia Opera Guild’s hospitality tent at “Opera…Near The Park” outside Harrison Opera House on September 7, 2019

The purpose of the Virginia Opera Guild is to support the goals and objectives of Virginia Opera, particularly promoting interest in and attendance at its productions.

What does the Guild do?

  • Supports performers and production teams
  • Promotes Virginia Opera subscription ticket sales
  • Sponsors fundraising events to benefit Virginia Opera
  • Supports Virginia Opera’s Norfolk Housing Program
  • Provides transportation and rehearsal dinners for performers and other artists
  • Publishes Coloratura, a quarterly newsletter. Coloratura is the Guild’s production-centered newsletter filled with information to help you better appreciate the season’s spectacular operas and Guild activities
  • Staffs and runs a Gift Shop at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk
  • Sponsors educational “Guild Nights” at Harrison Opera House
  • New in 2019: The Guild is developing a Virginia Opera Student Guild, a service organization to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of opera among Norfolk high school students and to help this incredible art form survive.

Guild contributions to Virginia Opera include cash grants and in-kind donations of approximately $20,000 a year.

Guild Membership Benefits include:

  • Become a patron of the arts
  • Sunset season kick-off party
  • “Opera in the Park” hospitality tent
  • Entrance to events when volunteering for Guild fundraisers
  • Coloratura, the publication of the Guild
  • Membership Directory
  • Guild Night at dress rehearsals with admission to the dress rehearsal
  • Select backstage tours
  • Guild holiday party
  • Guild discount at Harrison Opera House Gift Shop
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunites

Join Us…Membership alone supports the Guild’s mission…and volunteering always welcome but not required.

March 2020 Coloratura

January 2020 Coloratura

November 2019 coloratura

October 2019 coloratura

How do I join?


Mailing your contact information and membership fee (in the form of a check or money order) to:

The Virginia Opera Guild
Membership Services
P.O. Box 11572
Norfolk, VA 23517

$50.00 annual membership fee
$75.00 annual dual-membership fee

Virginia Opera Guild Board of Directors

  • Allen Anderson
  • Mark Board
  • Barbara Boslego
  • Gwendolyn Brown
  • Barbara Buchmann
  • Cy Grandy
  • Janita Burgess Hess
  • Tom Horsch
  • Adele Levesque
  • Melanie Mitchell
  • Valerie Neff
  • Marianne Nicholson
  • Powers Peterson
  • Ruth Schepper
  • Martha Lee Shaw
  • Rick Shepard
  • Elena Stevens
  • Dora Lee Taylor
  • Amber Taylor-Reeves (Board Chair)
  • Holly Tracy
  • Kittie Whitaker