Upcoming in Richmond: Virginia Opera’s ‘Opera in the Park’

Virginia Opera’s Third Annual “Opera in the Park” event to be held August 29, 2015 at Richmond’s Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre. And the price is right: Free. 

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Richmond, Virginia skyline as seen from the James River. (Image via Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 18, 2015 Virginia Opera has announced its Third Annual “Opera in the Park.” This concert event is scheduled to take place at Richmond’s Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Virginia Opera soloists will be accompanied by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra performing under the baton of Virginia Opera principal conductor and artistic director, Adam Turner.

“By being free and open to the public, Opera in the Park annually exposes thousands of Greater Richmond area families to some of opera’s and Broadway’s most beloved selections in a causal and welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages,” said Russell Allen, Virginia Opera’s [resident and CEO.  [The program] also serves as an exciting launch of the new opera season which opens this year in October with Orpheus in the Underworld – an hilarious spoof of the art form – with some of opera’s very famous music that includes the Can-Can – all never before seen on the Virginia Opera stage.”

Produced in conjunction with the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, this performance is free and open to the public and is designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages who will enjoy the program in the amphitheatre’s casual outdoor performance space. The performance will be hosted by Dr. Glenn Winters, the company’s longtime resident opera expert, who will provide both educational and humorous commentary on the works to be performed.

According to Virginia Opera’s recent news release, “This year’s ‘Opera in the Park’ will include music from some of the most popular operas, such as ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘The Tales of Hoffman,’ as well as highlights from all four of this season’s Virginia Opera productions, ‘Orpheus in the Underworld,’ ‘La Bohème,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Flying Dutchman.’ …Broadway favorites are included as an exciting addition to the concert. This season, Broadway selections showcase such well known musicals as ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Showboat.’”

Concert goers who have attended this and other events at Dogwood Dell know they can bring their own lawn chairs, picnic supplies and coolers with non-alcoholic beverages if they want to take advantage of the venue’s lawn seating. (Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at this venue.)

For those not choosing to bring their own fancy picnic, food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concert as well.

As in previous summer events, Virginia Opera will host free drawings for numerous prizes, including tickets to Virginia Opera performances and other local arts venues and restaurant gift certificates. In addition, special ticket pricing valid only on the day of the concert will be available at the event for those Richmond opera fans who wish to purchase regular season opera tickets on the spot. (Local Virginia Opera performances take place in downtown Richmond’s beautifully restored Carpenter Theatre.)


The venue: Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre at Byrd Park is located at 6000 South Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23220.

Concert Time: Dogwood Dell opens for this concert performance at 6 p.m., Aug. 29. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early to secure the best seating and parking. The Dogwood Dell does not cancel performances until show time unless serious weather conditions exist.

Parking: Free and available within walking distance to the concert.

Tickets and information: No tickets required for this free event. For more information about this and other events at Dogwood Dell, call (804)646-1437 or call the Dell hotline at (804)646-DELL.

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