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Virginia Opera’s superb ‘Roméo et Juliette’ lives on

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 25, 2016 – The Virginia Opera’s wonderful, grand opera-era production of French composer Charles Gounod’s somewhat neglected 1867 classic, “Roméo et Juliette,” ended its statewide run at Richmond’s Carpenter Center this past weekend. Based, with occasional variations, on Shakespeare’s immortal romantic tragedy of two star-crossed young lovers, this operatic masterpiece is about ...

Virginia Opera’s touching production of ‘La Bohème’

FAIRFAX, Virginia, November 21, 2015 – As it presents its final performances of ‘La Bohème’ in Richmond this weekend, the Virginia Opera can congratulate itself on a job well done. Although this beloved audience favorite is getting far too many performances these days across the country, this Virginia Opera production, seen here at George Mason ...

Virginia Opera’s amusing “Orpheus” heads for Richmond finale

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 7, 2015 – Northern Virginia audiences were treated to the Virginia Opera’s season opener this weekend past, as the company presented its hijinks-filled production of Jacques Offenbach’s still popular light opera, “Orpheus in the Underworld” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. The production is heading for its final outing at ...

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

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 ...

GMU Center for the Arts announces 25th Anniversary season

FAIRFAX, Virginia, April 11, 2015 – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts has announced its 25th annual “Great Performances at Mason” season. The Center’s 2015-2016 season will feature a wide variety of performance events ranging from opera and classical music to pop music and dance. In addition, the University confirmed its recent appointment by ...

Best ever: Virginia Opera’s deeply affecting ‘La Traviata’

FAIRFAX CITY, Virginia, March 22, 2015 – The Virginia Opera wraps up its 2014-2015 northern Virginia season Sunday afternoon with the second of two performances of Verdi’s enduringly popular tragic opera, “La Traviata” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. This attractive co-production with the Des Moines Metro Opera, stars the young—and aptly-named—soprano Cecilia ...

Virginia Opera’s weirdly beautiful ‘Salome’ at GMU

FAIRFAX CITY, Virginia, February 19, 2015 – With sets and a pair of cast members shared with the Portland Opera for its 2013 production, the Virginia Opera presented their take on Richard Strauss’ classic one-act opera shocker “Salome” this weekend past at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. Strauss’ 1905 opera was built ...

Virginia Opera: ‘Salome’ and her seven veils invade GMU this weekend

FAIRFAX CITY, Virginia, February 13, 2015 – Strange indeed is the Valentine that the Virginia Opera company is bringing to Northern Virginia this romantic weekend. It’s Richard Strauss’ still moderately scandalous “Salome,” a short, intense, historically important opera whose decadent plot reaches its horrific concluding moments in just 100 minutes, give or take. The two ...

Virginia Opera’s ‘Pinafore’: Lively, funny, intelligent

FAIRFAX, Va., December 6, 2014 – The Virginia Opera finally got the full house they deserved last weekend. The Norfolk-based company sailed into the George Mason University Center for the Arts last weekend, docking, alas, for a brief two days to perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s rollicking, ever-popular operetta-satire “H.M.S. Pinafore. The production was everything any ...

Virginia Opera’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ docks at GMU this weekend

FAIRFAX, Va., December 3, 2014 – The Virginia Opera —along with a very modern major-general—returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts this weekend for its final 2014 opera offering, Gilbert & Sullivan’s ever popular “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Light, lively, full of catchy tunes and antic rhymes, “Pinafore” is just the kind of light and ...

Virginia Opera’s gloomy, surprisingly moving ‘Sweeney Todd’

FAIRFAX, Va., October 15, 2014 – The Virginia Opera wrapped up its final two performances of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” this past weekend during its brief trip to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax City. Saturday’s performance, which we attended, was as crisp, precise, and haunting presentation of this work as you’re ...

Virginia Opera’s colorful ‘Carmen’ fills the house in Fairfax

FAIRFAX CITY, Va., April 12, 2014 – The Virginia Opera brings its colorful production of George Bizet’s sparkling, tune-filled “Carmen” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts this weekend. Judging from the enthusiastic reception of the first performance here on Friday evening, the company’s current offering should prove a real crowd-pleaser for its final, ...

Virginia Opera’s ‘Ariadne’ spoofs high art in style

FAIRFAX CITY, Va., February 22, 2014 – The Virginia Opera wraps up its current production of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” this weekend in Richmond’s posh Carpenter Theatre, a week after its brief but enjoyable sojourn here at GMU’s Center for the Arts. Once again and with surprising success, this feisty company, hailing from the ...