Virginia Opera Saturday Evening (2016-17 Season)

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Virginia Opera: The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci

  • October 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • October 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fantastic double bill — the satirical ballet chanté The Seven Deadly Sins and Ruggero Leoncavallo's masterpiece Pagliacci. The final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, The Seven Deadly Sins is a sharp critique of capitalism, exploring greed, desire, and sacrifice in the pursuit of success. Anna, performed by renowned Weill specialist Ute Gferer, embarks on a cross-country journey in search of the American Dream, encountering one of the infamous sins in each of the cities she visits. In Pagliacci, a traveling troupe of actors blurs the lines of art and life as their play mirrors their own reality with tragic consequences. It features one of the most familiar of all tenor arias sung by the crying clown, "Vesti la giubba." The renowned baritone Michael Chioldi and the acclaimed soprano Kelly Kaduce appear in these two tales of temptation and vengeance. Seven Deadly Sins will be sung in English with English supertitles. Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Oct 8, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Oct 9, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville

  • December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Virginia Opera presents the world's most popular comic opera in this delightful production of Rossini's perfect opera buffa. Full of comical high jinks, mistaken identities, and longing lovers, The Barber of Seville recounts the tale of Count Almavira, a love-sick noble man who is prohibited from seeing his beloved Rosina by the curmudgeon who is her guardian. So Almavira enlists the help of Figaro, the town's barber and all-around problem solver. The two scheme, concocting tricks and hoaxes, to gain access to the lovely Rosina, and hopefully unite Almavira with his beloved. The iconic score of this work contains some of the most recognizable tunes in all of music, including "Largo al factotum," "Figaro's Aria," and "Una voce poco fa." Michael Shell directs this production for Virginia Opera and Virginia native Will Liverman plays the clever Figaro. Don't miss this performance filled with exquisite voices, wit, and charm.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 3, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 4, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz

  • February 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • February 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

The struggle between good and evil takes center stage in Carl Maria Von Weber's compelling opera Der Freischütz. As Max prepares to compete in a target-shooting contest to win the hand of his beloved Agathe, wicked forces conspire to tempt his fate. Drawing from German folk legend, this is the first of the country's great Romantic operas and is revered for its stark emotions and strong sense of national identity. The hauntingly expressive score propels the virtuous young lovers and the mystic evil spirits in a story that twists reality with the supernatural. The accomplished artists and visionary direction of this Virginia Opera production bring to life an unearthly tale of otherworldly forces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Performed in English with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Feb 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Feb 5, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: Turandot

  • March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Puccini's grandiose opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power, and love. The vengeful princess Turandot will marry only if a suitor can meet her challenge. Answer three riddles correctly or face doom. When a young handsome prince succeeds, she still resists and so he offers a challenge of his own: learn his name by dawn and he will forfeit his life. One of opera's most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, "Nessun dorma." This is Puccini's last opera; in fact, the final scene was completed by Franco Alfano after the maestro's death. Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, it is a powerful work and considered one of his finest. Don't miss Virginia Opera's elegant new production of this timeless masterpiece. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Mar 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Mar 26, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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