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2014-2015 Virginia Opera
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Join Virginia Opera for a delightful evening of Arias and Duets from your favorite operas, operettas and musicals, including selections from our 2014-15, 40th Anniversary Season.
A quintessential quintet of Virginia Opera Mainstage and Emerging Artists will thrill you with their fresh voices and bring you to your feet, shouting Bravo!


Monday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM
Stacy C Sherwood Community Center
Mon 2/2/15 7:00PM General Admission Arias and Duets
Tue 2/24/15 7:00PM General Admission Arias and Duets
Sun 3/1/15 2:30PM General Admission Arias and Duets
Tue 3/3/15 7:30PM General Admission Arias and Duets
Sat 3/7/15 10:00AM General Admission The Princess and the Pea


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.

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


An Opera Valentine
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
An Opera Valentine

Perfectly timed for your Valentine's Day enjoyment, join Virginia Opera's Mainstage and Emerging Artists for a delightful musical event featuring arias and duets from your favorite operas, operettas, and Broadway musicals.

Thu 2/12/15 7:30PM SANDLER CENTER An Opera Valentine


Bees Knees Virginia Speakeasy
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
Bees Knees Virginia Speakeasy

Lovers of the 1920 era's music, drinks, dancing, gangsters and clothes will be transported back in time to the Prohibition Era at the Bees Knees Speakeasy at the Harrison Opera House on Saturday, February 14th, 2015.

The 1920's Prohibition Era was fertile ground for organized crime. Gangsters like Al Capone, Vito genovese, Dutch Schultz, Jack "Legs" Diamond, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, John Dillinger, and Bugsy Siegel ran and controlled bootlegging, speakeasys and gambling across the country. Depression era outlaws with names like Bonnie and Clyde, "Baby Face" Nelson, Ma Barker, and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, also became legends, as their deeds include some of the wildest and deadliest stories ever to hit newspaper front pages.

Set during the 1920's, this evening promises to be filled with jazz music, swing and Charleston dancing, great barrel aged drinks being served from the era; bourbon to "bathtub gin", food and silent movies. You will even have a password to get in the door.

Dress in 1920's style; dandies and flappers, gangsters and molls, pearls, smoking jackets, zoot suits, fringed dresses, gloves, ganger hats...be creative. Prizes for best dress 1920's era couple, single male and female.

So get a wiggle on it, put on your glad rags and come to our swanky, juice joint, the Bees Knees have some hooch, eat some grub and swing to the sounds of the Charles Darden Band.

Tickets are $60.00 a couple in advance and $30.00 for single tickets. Food and bourbon sampling is provided with your ticket. Drinks are sold at a cash bar.

Sat 2/14/15 7:00PM General Admission Bees Knees Virginia Speakeasy


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. Cecilia Violetta Lopez stars as Violetta (leading lady) as does Rolando Sanz as Alfredo (leading man). 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. Cecilia Violetta Lopez stars as Violetta (leading lady) as does Rolando Sanz as Alfredo (leading man). 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


La Traviata - VB
2014-2015 Virginia Opera
La Traviata - VB

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. Cecilia Violetta Lopez stars as Violetta (leading lady) as does Rolando Sanz as Alfredo (leading man). 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.

Sat 4/11/15 8:00PM SANDLER CENTER La Traviata
Sun 4/12/15 2:30PM SANDLER CENTER La Traviata