Marsha Thompson, Todd Thomas & Keith Phares Headline Charlottesville Opera’s 2023 Season

The Charlottesville Opera has announced the casts and operas for its 2023 season. The season will include Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls” and Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” two works never performed by the company. “We are excited to present these classic productions for our audience here in Charlottesville. Both shows exemplify what we all love about musical storytelling, great characters, and {…}

Charlottesville Opera Names New General Director

 The Charlottesville Opera has announced that Christina Deaton DeMarea will become the new General Director. DeMare has worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, during which she worked to set new standards of excellence, expanded programs, increased revenue generation, and helped the organization’s financial sustainability.  She also worked with the University of Chicago’s {…}

Weekend Preview – USA (7/14-16): Leah Crocetto, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera All Weekend Must-Sees

The summer festival season continues with a few companies putting on new and exciting productions. Portland Opera showcases its new production of “Così fan tutte” on Friday, while Wolf Trap Opera unveils its own “Tosca.” Pittsburgh Opera Festival debuts its own “Xerxes” production that same night. Charlottesville Opera continues its production of “Rigoletto,” as does Central City Opera with “Carmen,” {…}

Weekend Preview – USA (7/7-9): Glimmerglass Festival Opens With ‘Porgy and Bess’

The summer continues its torrid pace with a number of major companies showcasing production premieres. The Glimmerglass Festival kicks off its 2017 season on Friday with “Porgy and Bess,” which stars Musa Ngqungwana. The same goes for the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, which debuts that same night with “Sweeney Todd,” which also plays on Sunday. Meanwhile, Des Moines Metro Opera showcases {…}

Ash Lawn Opera Becomes Charlottesville Opera on 40th Anniversary Season

Ash Lawn Opera will become Charlottesville Opera in 2017. Charlottesville, Virginia’s premier opera company for the past 40 years decided to change its name after significant growth. The company, which began in 1978 as a summer festival for local singers presenting opera in the boxwood garden of Ash Lawn-Highland has became an integral part of the Charlottesville downtown scene. After years of performing {…}