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Sweeney Todd
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
Sweeney Todd

The First of Firsts tradition continues when Virginia Opera opens the 40th Anniversary Season with a knockout musical sensation, the East Coast premiere of a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Imprisoned on a trumped-up charge by a lecherous judge who covets his wife, Sweeney Todd is a masterpiece of drama and dark comedy – winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical – and is often considered Sondheim’s most operatic work. Sweeney Todd will capitalize on Virginia Opera’s long-standing tradition of producing world-class musical theater and offer audiences, both old and new, a riveting production. Conducted by Virginia Opera’s own Adam Turner, who follows conducting successes on our stages with The Mikado (2011-2012) and Camelot and Carousel (2012-2013) and exemplifies the significant resident talent that Virginia Opera consistently provides to the community. And Virginia Opera is proud to welcome a legendary production team including Director Ron Daniels, who co-wrote the stage adaptation that inspired the musical. The team will certainly provide a potent blend of high tension, high drama and musical brilliance; perfect to open such an epic season.

Fri 9/26/14 8:00PM Harrison Opera House Sweeney Todd
Sun 9/28/14 2:30PM Harrison Opera House Sweeney Todd
Tue 9/30/14 7:30PM Harrison Opera House Sweeney Todd


Sweeney Todd - RVA
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
Sweeney Todd - RVA

The First of Firsts tradition continues when Virginia Opera opens the 40th Anniversary Season with a knockout musical sensation, the East Coast premiere of a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Imprisoned on a trumped-up charge by a lecherous judge who covets his wife, Sweeney Todd is a masterpiece of drama and dark comedy – winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical – and is often considered Sondheim’s most operatic work. Sweeney Todd will capitalize on Virginia Opera’s long-standing tradition of producing world-class musical theater and offer audiences, both old and new, a riveting production. Conducted by Virginia Opera’s own Adam Turner, who follows conducting successes on our stages with The Mikado (2011-2012) and Camelot and Carousel (2012-2013) and exemplifies the significant resident talent that Virginia Opera consistently provides to the community. And Virginia Opera is proud to welcome a legendary production team including Director Ron Daniels, who co-wrote the stage adaptation that inspired the musical. The team will certainly provide a potent blend of high tension, high drama and musical brilliance; perfect to open such an epic season.

Fri 10/3/14 8:00PM Carpenter Theatre Sweeney Todd
Sun 10/5/14 2:30PM Carpenter Theatre Sweeney Todd


HMS Pinafore
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
HMS Pinafore

The captain's daughter falls for a lowly sailor then sets out to overturn conventional order to win her man through the power of love - imagine that! HMS Pinafore will be conducted by Virginia Opera Resident Conductor Adam Turner and will introduce renowned Director Nicola Bowie, making her Virginia Opera debut, to our audiences as she brings her bountiful talents in both directing and choreography to our company. This production of HMS Pinafore will exemplify what we now recognize as modern musical theatre and earns an honored place in the 40th Anniversary Season.

Fri 11/7/14 8:00PM Harrison Opera House HMS Pinafore
Sun 11/9/14 2:30PM Harrison Opera House HMS Pinafore
Tue 11/11/14 7:30PM Harrison Opera House HMS Pinafore


HMS Pinafore - RVA
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
HMS Pinafore - RVA

The captain's daughter falls for a lowly sailor then sets out to overturn conventional order to win her man through the power of love - imagine that! HMS Pinafore will be conducted by Virginia Opera Resident Conductor Adam Turner and will introduce renowned Director Nicola Bowie, making her Virginia Opera debut, to our audiences as she brings her bountiful talents in both directing and choreography to our company. This production of HMS Pinafore will exemplify what we now recognize as modern musical theatre and earns an honored place in the 40th Anniversary Season.

Fri 11/21/14 8:00PM Carpenter Theatre HMS Pinafore
Sun 11/23/14 2:30PM Carpenter Theatre HMS Pinafore


Salome
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
Salome

With a steamy combination of biblical themes, sexual tension and murder, Richard Strauss' Salome surprised opera audiences when it appeared in 1905. Virginia Opera's upcoming Salome, co-produced with Portland Opera in Oregon, is a premiere example of the lush musical sound of the early 20th century opera composition. Featuring the alluring Dance of the Seven Veils, today we are seized by the gripping final scene as Salome sinks to the murky depths of corruption. The captivating Kelly Cae Hogan will star as Salome, whom audiences will recall from her huge Virginia Opera success as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (2012-2013). Conductor Ari Pelto, known to Virginia Opera audiences for his bravura performances of A Streetcar Named Desire (2012-2013), will return for Salome. Maestro Pelto garnered praise from The Washington Post "Conductor Ari Pelto had his forces reveling as playfully in the bluesy drama of New Orleans funk as in the psychological tension-building of movie-score sophistication." His return as part of the 40th Anniversary Season again showcases the numerous recent major conductor successes on Virginia Opera stages. Returning Director Stephen Lawless brings dramatic life to the intense addition to the 40th Anniversary Season; Salome is an epic journey into the macabre - all set to the spellbinding music of Richard Strauss.

Fri 1/30/15 8:00PM Harrison Opera House Salome
Sun 2/1/15 2:30PM Harrison Opera House Salome
Tue 2/3/15 7:30PM Harrison Opera House Salome


Salome - RVA
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
Salome - RVA

With a steamy combination of biblical themes, sexual tension and murder, Richard Strauss' Salome surprised opera audiences when it appeared in 1905. Virginia Opera's upcoming Salome, co-produced with Portland Opera in Oregon, is a premiere example of the lush musical sound of the early 20th century opera composition. Featuring the alluring Dance of the Seven Veils, today we are seized by the gripping final scene as Salome sinks to the murky depths of corruption. The captivating Kelly Cae Hogan will star as Salome, whom audiences will recall from her huge Virginia Opera success as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (2012-2013). Conductor Ari Pelto, known to Virginia Opera audiences for his bravura performances of A Streetcar Named Desire (2012-2013), will return for Salome. Maestro Pelto garnered praise from The Washington Post "Conductor Ari Pelto had his forces reveling as playfully in the bluesy drama of New Orleans funk as in the psychological tension-building of movie-score sophistication." His return as part of the 40th Anniversary Season again showcases the numerous recent major conductor successes on Virginia Opera stages. Returning Director Stephen Lawless brings dramatic life to the intense addition to the 40th Anniversary Season; Salome is an epic journey into the macabre - all set to the spellbinding music of Richard Strauss.

Fri 2/6/15 8:00PM Carpenter Theatre Salome
Sun 2/8/15 2:30PM Carpenter Theatre Salome


La Traviata
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
La Traviata

To close this stunning season of stylistic highlights, Virginia Opera premieres [co-produced with, Des Moines Metro Opera] a brand new, glittering and glamorous traditional staging of La Traviata directed by Virginia Opera audience favorite, Lilian Groag, who stunned audiences last Spring with a vibrant and stylish Marriage of Figaro – Ms. Groag has worked with Virginia Opera for over 20 years and the tradition continues with this brand-new La Traviata. Conducted by Andrew Bisantz, in his Virginia Opera debut, this exciting American conductor enjoys a significant opera career and continues the Virginia Opera tradition of presenting major new talent. Elizabeth Caballero stars as Violetta (leading lady) as does Rolando Sanz as Alfredo (leading man), audiences will recall Ms. Caballero in her acclaimed performances as Alice Ford in Falstaff (2012-2013). Both of these proven stars illustrate the continuing tradition of Virginia Opera of bringing the best talent to Virginia by showcasing them on our stages – much like heralded Virginia Opera alums Ashley Putnam and Diana Soviero. A classic Italian opera composed by one of the masters of the art form – Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata is the most performed opera in the world today and remains an audience favorite on our stages since the inaugural season when it was first performed in 1975. Set in decadent mid-1800’s Paris, the story tells of a lovely courtesan who falls in love with a man she cannot have.

Fri 3/13/15 8:00PM Harrison Opera House La Traviata
Sun 3/15/15 2:30PM Harrison Opera House La Traviata
Tue 3/17/15 7:30PM Harrison Opera House La Traviata


La Traviata - RVA
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
La Traviata - RVA

To close this stunning season of stylistic highlights, Virginia Opera premieres [co-produced with, Des Moines Metro Opera] a brand new, glittering and glamorous traditional staging of La Traviata directed by Virginia Opera audience favorite, Lilian Groag, who stunned audiences last Spring with a vibrant and stylish Marriage of Figaro – Ms. Groag has worked with Virginia Opera for over 20 years and the tradition continues with this brand-new La Traviata. Conducted by Andrew Bisantz, in his Virginia Opera debut, this exciting American conductor enjoys a significant opera career and continues the Virginia Opera tradition of presenting major new talent. Elizabeth Caballero stars as Violetta (leading lady) as does Rolando Sanz as Alfredo (leading man), audiences will recall Ms. Caballero in her acclaimed performances as Alice Ford in Falstaff (2012-2013). Both of these proven stars illustrate the continuing tradition of Virginia Opera of bringing the best talent to Virginia by showcasing them on our stages – much like heralded Virginia Opera alums Ashley Putnam and Diana Soviero. A classic Italian opera composed by one of the masters of the art form – Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata is the most performed opera in the world today and remains an audience favorite on our stages since the inaugural season when it was first performed in 1975. Set in decadent mid-1800’s Paris, the story tells of a lovely courtesan who falls in love with a man she cannot have.

Fri 3/27/15 8:00PM Carpenter Theatre La Traviata
Sun 3/29/15 2:30PM Carpenter Theatre La Traviata