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Virginia Opera to Present Damien Geter’s ‘Cotton’


Virginia Opera is set to present Damien Geter’s “Cotton.” The song cycle, which premiered as part of LyricFest’s 20th anniversary season, celebrates African-American heritage through a fusion between music and poetry inspired by the photography of Philadelphia artist John Dowell. Audiences will hear baritone Adam Richardson and mezzo-soprano Tesia Kwarteng, with the composer attending select performances. Performances kick off on {…}


Virginia Opera and Richmond Symphony Receive Three-Year Grant for ‘Loving v. Virginia’ Opera


The Virginia Commission for the Arts has awarded a special recognition grant to Virginia Opera and Richmond Symphony for the development of the upcoming opera “Loving v. Virginia.” The grant will award $15k for three consecutive years, totaling $45k. Composed by Damien Geter with libretto by Jessica Murphy, this new work adapts the United States Supreme Court case centered on {…}


Virginia Opera Announces 2022-23 Season


The Virginia Opera has announced its 2022-23 season celebrating its 48th year of producing opera. Performances will take place at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia, the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center in Richmond, Virginia, and at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Orchestras for the planned productions will include both {…}


Virginia Opera & Richmond Symphony to World Premiere ‘Loving v. Virginia’ in 2024-25


Virginia Opera and the Richmond Symphony are joining forces to present “Loving v. Virginia.” The opera, which will have its premiere during the 2024-25 season, will be introduced on May 16, 2022 at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU and at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. The new opera, which centers on the landmark Supreme Court case from {…}


Richard Ollarsaba, Symone Harcum, Alisa Jordheim Headline Virginia Opera’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’


The Virginia Opera will Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” starting on March 25, 2022. The opera will star Richard Ollarsaba, Symone Harcum, Alisa Jordheim, Erik Earl Larson, Lauren Cook, Whitney Robinson, Jason Ferrante, Eric J. McConnell, Catherine Goode, and Chauncey Blade. Adam Turner will conduct with Kyle Lang directing. Peter Dean Beck will design the set while Paul {…}


Virginia Opera Announces Performances of ‘Three Decembers’


(Credits: Virginia Opera) The Virginia Opera has announced its upcoming performances of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Three Decembers.” The work, which opens on Jan. 28, and is set to run through Feb. 13, 2022, is based on the unpublished play, “Some Christmas Letters,” by Terrence McNally. The cast includes Karen Ziemba, Efraín Solís, and Cecilia Violetta López. Adam Turner {…}


Virginia Opera Appoints Will Liverman as Creative Partner & Advisor


(Credit: Jaclyn Simpson) Virginia Opera has announced that Will Liverman will be the company’s Creative Partner and Advisor during the 2021-22 season. In this new position, he will work with the Virginia Opera Artistic and Civic Engagement teams to develop programming, activities, and community partnerships that will develop several initiatives for the long-term. He will also meet regularly with the {…}