2013-2014 Virginia Opera Friday Evening Series (2013-14 Season)
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Series Prices: $310.00, $260.00, $159.00 for 4 events | ORDER
- October 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Virginia Opera begins its new season with Verdi's final opera — a pure comic gem to cap off a lifetime of tragic masterpieces. Verdi's grand finale, Falstaff has long been admired for both its outstanding orchestration and its brilliant libretto, which is based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. Falstaff loves the ladies, but they don't love him back! After a night of heavy drinking and bragging about the women he has romanced over the years, the lecherous and corpulent knight attempts to woo two ladies at the same time. However, his seduction plans backfire when the clever women team up to outwit the old rascal!
Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
$86, $72, $44
- December 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm
This profound and imaginative tale about the triumph of good over evil is brought to life by the glorious voices of the Virginia Opera. The Magic Flute follows the heroic adventures of Prince Tamino and his friend, Papageno, the lonely birdcatcher, in their attempts to rescue the beautiful young maiden, Pamina, who has been kidnapped. Filled with terrifying serpents, moody monarchs, powerful magicians, and mysterious spirits, this fantastical opera is both a charming operetta and a profound exploration of the limits of loyalty and love. This magnificent work was Mozart's final opera, premiering just three months before his death, and is as popular today as it was when it was first performed. Sung in English with English supertitles.
$86, $72, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID
- February 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
One of Strauss's finest works, this new Virginia Opera production is a seriously funny opera with seriously beautiful music. It considers the competition of highbrow and lowbrow art for the public's attention, and is filled with slapstick comedy, delicious wit, and luscious music. The plot includes a rising young composer who has been commissioned by a nouveau riche Viennese gentleman to create a tragic opera based on the Greek myth of Ariadne that is to be performed at his sumptuous dinner party. But when the dinner runs long and threatens the cancelation of an extravagant fireworks display, it is decided that the opera must be performed along with the other scheduled performance — a ribald comedy. Hilarity ensues as this opera-within-an-opera unfolds. Sung in German with English supertitles.
$86, $72, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on February 4, 2014
- April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Virginia Opera presents Georges Bizet's sultry tragedy about opera's most famous femme fatale. Thrilling audiences for well over a century, this classic story follows Don José and his ill-fated obsession with the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen tosses aside the naive soldier for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José's jealousy destroys them both. Filled with passion, betrayal, and jealousy, this heartrending tale - with its beloved melodies, including the well-known Habañera, and its fiery title role - is one of the most popular works in opera literature. Don't miss this electrifying Virginia Opera production of Bizet's sizzling opera. Sung in French with English supertitles.
$86, $72, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 1, 2014