Virginia Opera Announces 2022-23 Season

By Francisco Salazar

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 the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony.

The 2022-2023 Season opens with Richard Wagner’s “The Valkyrie.” The opera will star Kyle Albertson, Ricardo Lugo, Alexandra Loutsion, Richard Trey Smagur, Meghan Kasanders, and Claudia Chapa. Adam Turner conducts while Joachim Schamberger directs.

The production comes after the company’s “Das Rheingold” produced at Topgolf. The production will be followed by Siegfried in 2023-2024 and concluding with “Twilight of the Gods” (Götterdämmerung) to open its 50th Anniversary season in 2024-2025.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-16, 2022

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirate of Penzance” will be performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The work will be headlined by Martin Bakari, Troy Cook, Aubrey Allicock, Amy Owens, Lucy Schaufer, Kaileigh Riess, Taylor-Alexis DuPont, Kyle White, and Jeremy Harr. Adam Turner conducts. Kyle Lang directs.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4-20, 2022

The Virginia Beach-native, composer Gregory Spears, will be featured with the Commonwealth premiere of “Fellow Travelers.” The opera is part of the company’s renewed commitment to feature contemporary work in its repertoire. It will star Joseph Lattanzi, Andres Acosta, Katherine Pracht, Katrina Thurman, Joshua Jeremiah, and local performer John Fulton. Adam Turner conducts. Kevin Newbury directs. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2023

The Season concludes with Verdi’s “La Traviata” in a staging from the 2014-2015 Season. Adam Turner conducts a cast headlined by Brandie Sutton, Won Whi Choi, and Grant Youngblood. Tara Faircloth directs.

Performance Dates: March 3-19, 2023