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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Virginia Opera’s “Romeo and Juliet”  

January 25, 2016
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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day, Gounod’s Tale of Young Love comes to Fairfaxon February 13 and 14, 2016

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 25, 2015 –Virginia Opera brings Charles Gounod‘s tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet,” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. Shakespeare’s drama sparked countless interpretations, but few are more lush and luminous than Gounod’s opera. From the glorious masked ball where Romeo first spies the beautiful Juliet, to the famous balcony scene where the love-struck young man declares his eternal devotion, to the ultimate tragic ending, this is a timeless tale of love and loss. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this gorgeous opera is filled with dramatic duets and awe-inspiring arias, including Juliet’s famous waltz, “Jeveuxvivre” (I Want to Live), which are exemplary of French Romantic period music. Virginia Opera is the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To celebrate this weekend of love, the Center for the Arts is offering a special Valentines Date Package. Audiences can have a VIP Valentine’s Day experience at either performance of “Romeo and Juliet” with a special ticket package, which includes two tickets to the performance, Champagne and chocolates for two to enjoy before the show or during intermission, and two commemorative Champagne flutes. Rounding out the evening is a romantic photo booth.

Director Bernard Uzan and conductor James Meena leads a cast of internationally renowned singers. In the role of Romeo, tenor Jonathan Boyd makes a much-anticipated return to Virginia Opera, last seen in “La Bohème” in 2003.  Following a significant engagement at La Scala and the BBC Proms, Canadian coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger makes her Virginia Opera debut in the role of Juliet. The cast includes Kevin Langan (San Francisco Opera’s “Turandot” and “Samson et Dalila”) as Frere Laurent, Efrain Solis (San Francisco Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” and “Un Ballo in Maschera”) as Mercutio, Kim Sogioka (Michigan Opera Theatre’s “Madama Butterfly” and  “Faust”) as Stephano, Ashraf Sewailam (Opera Carolina’s “Aïda” and Portland Opera’s “L’Italiana in Algeri”) as Count Capulet, and Susan Nicely (Dallas Opera’s “Bon Appétit!”and “La Traviata”) as Gertrude. 

Members of the prestigious Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program round out the cast including: Kyle Tomlin as Tybalt, Brian Mextorf as Paris, Andrew McLaughlin as Gregorio, Keith Brown as The Duke of Verona and Martin Bakari as Benvolio. As one of the most competitive opera training programs in the nation, the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program provides training, performance opportunities and access to industry connections and resources to a group of opera’s talented rising stars.

Virginia Opera’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed in French with English supertitles.Pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, are held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.


Ticket Information: Tickets for “Romeo and Juliet” are $98, $80 and $48. The Date Package, which includes two tickets for the performance and the VIP romantic experience, are $225, $190 and $125. The Center for the Arts ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and free parking is located in university Lot K.

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About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.

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