Virginia Opera Sunday Matinee Series (2011-12 Season)
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Series Prices: $353.00, $288.00, $173.00 for 4 events | ORDER
- October 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Set in Ancient Egypt, Verdi’s grand opera is the heartbreaking tale of a bitter love triangle and an epic struggle between two warring nations. Commissioned by Ishmail Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt, Aida tells the story of an Ethiopian princess, who was enslaved in Egypt and secretly loves the military commander, Radames. The story becomes tangled even further when Amneris, daughter of the Pharaoh, tricks Aida to discover her true feelings for the young warrior, whom she also loves, but suspects the feeling is not mutual. When the Ethiopian forces are defeated and Aida’s father is captured, Radames must choose between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. This captivating opera is filled with deep human tragedy, brilliant pageantry, vibrant costumes, and the extraordinary voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
There are no more Limited Free Student Tickets available for this performance.
$98, $80, $48
- December 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Hansel and Gretel
Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, this timeless German masterpiece is at once delightful and haunting! In this modern take on the tale set in 21st century America, the young Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods to look for strawberries, but cannot find their way home as night approaches. Scared and hungry, they come upon an abandoned carnival and are trapped by the evil witch who dwells within – until the clever and brave Gretel saves them! This magical story charms children with its visions of sweets, mystical woodland creatures, and an eerie and enchanting forest – and adults are entranced by its beautiful and sophisticated score by Engelbert Humperdinck. Sung in English and German with English supertitles
$98, $80, $48
- February 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Orphée by Philip Glass
The Virginia Opera brings the Virginia Premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to the stage this spring! Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Glass’ 20th century take on this emotional love story is set to music “so haunting and cinematic that one cannot help but be swept up in its magic.” (Virginia Pilot). Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse – Death, herself – nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Eurydice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, the Virginia Opera’s stunning production of this opera is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles.
$98, $80, $48
- March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm
The Virginia Opera closes its season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, which they wrote to satirize the social mores of 19th century England. Arguably one of the most popular operas ever written and one of the most often performed, this brilliant and ridiculously funny tale is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where everything has gone topsy-turvy after the Mikado outlaws flirting! Yum-Yum, a beautiful schoolgirl is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner – despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo (who is also the errant son of the Mikado!) Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after or will heads roll? Filled with hilarious antics, opulent costumes, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera, this delightful production will brighten the spirit and will make audiences laugh out loud! Sung in English with English supertitles.
$98, $80, $48