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Virginia Opera Announces 2022-2023 Season

Company’s 48th Season includes The Valkyrie, The Pirates of Penzance, Fellow Travelers and La Traviata Wagner’s Ring Cycle to continue in 2023-2024 and conclude in 2024-2025 (50th Anniversary Season)

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Details on the Marriage of Figaro
Virginia Opera is pleased to release the details of its 48th Season 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. Building off of the momentum of the epic Das Rheingold produced at Topgolf, The Valkyrie (Die Walküre) will continue Wagner’s legendary “Ring Cycle” followed by Siegfried in 2023-2024 and concluding with Twilight of the Gods (Götterdämmerung) to open its 50thAnniversary Season in 2024-2025.

The Pirates of Penzance, the Gilbert & Sullivan family-friendly favorite continues the Season in November 2022. In early-2023 the work of Virginia Beach-native, composer Gregory Spears, will be featured with the Commonwealth premiere of Fellow Travelers. Fellow Travelers is part of Virginia Opera’s renewed commitment to feature contemporary work in its repertoire. The Season concludes with the crowd-pleasing La Traviata in a remounting of the traditional production first seen by audiences in the 2014-2015 Season.

Season ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to add-on a recital concert by Virginia Opera’s Creative Partner and Advisor, renowned baritone Will Liverman. This special concert will feature Artistic Director Adam Turner on piano and is offered exclusively to subscribers and donors.

Peggy Kriha Dye, General Director and CEO of Virginia Opera: “Next season’s line up is outstanding. Continuing, and ultimately completing Wagner’s Ring Cycle is a milestone for any company, and we are proud to be counted among the few that will have accomplished such a worthy undertaking. We expect the entire family to enjoy The Pirates of Penzance, and are thrilled to continue to present contemporary American work with Fellow Travelers. We will toast the end of the season with everyone’s favorite opera party in La Traviata. These mainstage productions will be complemented by exciting new programming and partnerships in our communities generated as a result of our Strategic Plan which will be completed before the summer months.”

Adam Turner, Artistic Director of Virginia Opera: “Artistically, the season offers wide-ranging and diverse selections – from cherished hallmarks of the operatic repertory to compelling and fresh perspectives, there’s truly something for everyone. Furthering our journey into Richard Wagner’s epochal Ring Cycle with the second installment, The Valkyrie (in an orchestral version by Jonathan Dove), we will continue to plumb the depths of human nature, with the timeless themes of power and love providing endless discovery. Developed by an inspired core team of creative partners and designers, the cohesive presentation of VO’s first-ever Ring Cycle will evolve over the next three years, proving to be a captivating and monumental achievement in the company’s history. Fan-favorites La Traviata and Pirates remind us why we all fell in love with this wonderful art form, while also providing us the opportunity to introduce impressive new talent to our audiences. With the Commonwealth premiere of Fellow Travelers, we welcome a thrilling new voice in classical music – composer Gregory Spears, one of Virginia’s own! And finally, I’m overjoyed to collaborate as pianist alongside VO’s Creative Partner and Advisor, Will Liverman, another one of Virginia’s own who is playing a major role in steering the world of opera in the 21st century. All in all, we have an exceptional season lined up!”

2022-2023 Season – Production Information

The Valkyrie
Richard Wagner
Orchestra version by Jonathan Dove
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | September 30, October 1 & 2
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax | October 8 & 9
Dominion Energy Center, Richmond | October 14 & 16

Sung in German with English surtitles.
Featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Following the hit production of Das Rheingold in the 21/22 Season Virginia Opera launches into the complete Ring Cycle with the second installment: The Valkyrie. Prepare to ride with the Valkyries as we are reintroduced to Wotan and his extensive family. Now comfortably ensconced in Valhalla, they are again faced with very godly problems. The stage will be set for Siegfried in the fall of 2023 and Twilight of the Gods in the fall of 2024.

The Pirates of Penzance
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | November 4, 5, 6
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax | November 12 & 13
Dominion Energy Center, Richmond | November 18 & 20

Sung in English with English surtitles.
Featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

A young apprentice pirate with no stomach for a future of piracy is due to be released from his required service on his twenty-first birthday… Trouble is, fate might just intervene with the plan. With his newly found sweetheart, a long-winded but well-intentioned father, and a Pirate King boss with his own merry band of buccaneers, The Pirates of Penzance is a modern, major spectacle for the entire family.

Fellow Travelers
Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel “Fellow Travelers” by Thomas Mallon
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | January 27, 28, 29
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax | February 4 & 5
Dominion Energy Center, Richmond | February 10 & 12

Sung in English with English surtitles.
Featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The 1950’s had its own sense of style, and its very real problems. Fellow Travelers follows the story of a love affair between two men caught in the turbulent moment of Senator Joe McCarthy’s “Lavender Scare” – an overt policy to drive homosexuality out of government service. The very real struggles resulting from this witch-hunt end in a stunning act of betrayal.

La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | March 3, 4, 5
Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Fairfax | March 11 & 12
Dominion Energy Center, Richmond | March 17 & 19

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Featuring the Richmond Symphony

Prepare to be swept away by one of opera’s most tragic love stories. The tale of the stunning courtesan Violetta and the hopelessly romantic Alfredo is woven with some of the best-known music in the repertoire. La Traviata’shigh points are matched with tears in the tragic end.

Subscription Information
Subscription tickets for all 4 productions are on sale now for performances in Norfolk and Richmond starting as low as $75. Tickets for performances at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University will go on sale at a later date. Subscription tickets and ticket information at:

The Edythe C. and Stanley L.
Harrison Opera House
Norfolk, VA
866.673.7282
vaopera.org

Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
703.993.2787
cfa.gmu.edu

The Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
Richmond, VA
866.673.7282
vaopera.org

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2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival Dates Announced

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Two of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events return this fall to Downtown Richmond.

The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, is October 1-2, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, is October 7-9, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront.

“Venture Richmond Events is proud to produce these two festivals that have brought so much attention to two Downtown neighborhoods – Jackson Ward and the Riverfront,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond. “Both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival are economic drivers bringing a combined 200,000+ people Downtown and generating $39.5 million in economic impact annually. With six stages along the Riverfront and four stages in Jackson Ward, these two events that are only a week apart, showcase world class entertainment, food, arts and culture in Downtown.”

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar Group, and Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., CarMax, CoStar Group, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia is for Lovers, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, and the Children’s Museum.

Check out pictures from last year’s Folk Festival here.

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Tonight’s Friday Cheers is Cancelled Due to Weather

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

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This is the first time that I can remember that Friday Cheers has pulled the plug due to weather concerns. Understandable due to the forecast of high winds.

Hot off the press release printing press.

For the safety of our patrons, artists and staff we must unfortunately cancel tonight’s Friday Cheers with Japanese Breakfast and Abby Huston. We understand this is a tremendous disappointment, and we share that sentiment.

“We’ve produced hundreds of outdoor events and have hosted hundreds of thousands of patrons, but I don’t believe that we have ever had a more definitive forecast predicting unsafe weather as we have for this evening,” said Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond. “We have been advised by several meteorologists that severe weather is certain and, frankly, cancelling is our only choice.”

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

Thank you for understanding this difficult decision.

Website: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/friday-cheers-2022/

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Arts on the Lawn returns to Hermitage Richmond for second year May 14th

Open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of art and creating.

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Retirement community Hermitage Richmond is hosting its second annual Arts on the Lawn event on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The event is free and will be held outdoors on Hermitage Richmond’s front lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent we have here at Hermitage Richmond,” said Amy Chapman, Hermitage Richmond’s Executive Director. “Our resident artists are excited to share their work with the community and invite other artists to do so as well. We want everyone to know that the fine arts are alive and thriving at Hermitage Richmond. It is such a great way to kick off the summer and have our residents and community come together.”

More than 50 local artists and creators will feature their paintings, photography, pottery, fiber art, handmade jewelry, woodwork, and more. All artists will benefit 100% from their sales.

There will also be three food trucks and live music from Chris and Suzi of Thorp Jenson plus GreenSpring International Academy of Music student performers at the event.

Net proceeds at Arts on the Lawn will benefit Hermitage Richmond’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, which is an evidence-based intergenerational art-making program benefiting people with dementia.

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