2012-2013 Virginia Opera Sunday Matinee Series (2012-13 Season)

Series Prices: $353.00, $288.00, $173.00 for 4 events | ORDER
Or Choose-your-own series with any 3 or more performances!

Virginia Opera: The Pearl Fishers

  • October 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Bizet’s dazzling opera is the spellbinding tale of friendship, jealousy, loyalty, love, and religious duty. Premiering as one of his first works more than a decade before Carmen, this captivating opera is evidence of his great musical gifts and serves as a prelude to the brilliant work that followed. Originally set in a fishing village in ancient Ceylon, two pearl fishermen, Zurga and Nadir, whose friendship was tested years earlier over their romantic obsession with the same beautiful stranger, declare their brotherly bond in one of Bizet’s best-loved duets, Au fond du temple saint. But their long lost love, Leila, soon returns as a mysterious priestess, and when her true identity is revealed their deadly rivalry is, quite literally, reignited. Sung in French with English supertitles.

$98, $80, $48

Virginia Opera: Die Fledermaus

  • December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera presents this delightful tale of mistaken identities, practical jokes, elegant frivolities, intoxicating revelry, and plenty of freely flowing champagne. This is Strauss’s most celebrated and beloved work, and it features some of the most captivating music ever written. The story follows Gabriel von Eisenstein, who faces a short prison term, as his wife Rosalinde is pursued by a former flame. Meanwhile, Dr. Falke invites everyone to a magnificent party as part of an elaborate scheme to exact revenge on Eisenstein for a youthful prank. This offers the cunning Rosalinde an opportunity to catch her womanizing spouse in the act. On the night of the party, bafflement and hilarity ensue. This deliciously provocative work captures the height of indulgent 19th century Viennese society and is filled with gorgeous waltzes, sophisticated humor, and memorable melodies sung by the glorious voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in English with English supertitles.

$98, $80, $48

Virginia Opera: A Streetcar Named Desire

  • March 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Special dinner for Virginia Opera ticket holders at Bellissimo Ristorante in historic Fairfax. Receive a 15% Discount* on Friday and Sunday performance evenings starting at 5:00 p.m. Reservations by phone (703-293-2367) or e-mail required.
*Alcohol not included.

André Previn’s modern masterpiece blends the sultry and fiery drama of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play with a brilliant score, creating a musical experience that will enchant both opera devotees and those less familiar with opera. Meet Blanche DuBois, a fading and fragile Southern belle who attempts to leave her shadowy past behind when she moves into her sister’s home in the steamy underbelly of urban New Orleans. But violent clashes and sexual tension with her brutish and bitter brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, lead to the story’s shocking climax, which drives Blanche even further into her own delusions and away from reality. Previn’s expressive and riveting score enhance the raw emotion and heartbreaking tragedy of this gripping work. Sung in English with English supertitles.

$98, $80, $48

Virginia Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Special dinner for Virginia Opera ticket holders at Bellissimo Ristorante in historic Fairfax. Receive a 15% Discount* on Friday and Sunday performance evenings starting at 5:00 p.m. Reservations by phone (703-293-2367) or e-mail required.
*Alcohol not included.

Mozart’s delightful opera buffa finds those beloved characters from The Barber of Seville in madcap mayhem once again in this hysterical story about a single day of lunacy. The clever Figaro, now major-domo for the lecherous Count Almaviva, is about to marry his beautiful Susanna, Countess Rosina’s maid. But to do so, he must outwit his employer and his old nemesis, Doctor Bartolo, and avoid the advances of the Countess’s former governess. Will Figaro and Susanna become man and wife? Will common sense triumph over power? This uproarious work is among the most cherished comic gems in the operatic canon and has enchanted audiences for centuries. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

$98, $80, $48