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Virginia Opera is pleased to release details for its 48th season of opera production. Performances will take place at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Va., the Carpenter Theater at the Dominion Energy Center in Richmond, Va., and the Center for the Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Orchestras for planned productions will include both the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony.

The 2022-2023 season opens with The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner. Building on the momentum of the Topgolf-produced epic Das Rheingold, The Valkyrie (Die Walküre) will continue Wagner’s legendary “Ring Cycle” followed by Siegfried in 2023-2024 and conclude with Twilight of the Gods (Götterdämmerung) to open its 50th anniversary season in 2024-25.

The Penzance Pirates, the Gilbert & Sullivan family favorite, continues the season in November 2022. In early 2023, the work of Virginia Beach native composer Gregory Spears will premiere with the Commonwealth premiere of Fellow Travellers. Fellow Travelers is part of Virginia Opera’s renewed commitment to include contemporary works in its repertoire. The season ends with the much-loved La Traviata in a revival of the traditional production first seen by audiences in the 2014-2015 season.

Season ticket buyers will have the option of adding a recital concert by Virginia Opera’s creative partner and advisor, renowned baritone Will Liverman. This special concert will feature Artistic Director Adam Turner on piano and is offered exclusively to subscribers and donors.

Peggy Kriha Dye, General Manager and CEO of Virginia Opera: “The line-up for next season is exceptional. Continuing and eventually completing the cycle of the Wagner Ring is a milestone for any endeavour, and we are proud to be counted among the few to have accomplished such a commendable undertaking. We expect the whole family to enjoy The Pirates of Penzance and are delighted to continue presenting contemporary American works with Fellow Travellers. We’ll toast the end of the season with everyone’s favorite opera night at La Traviata. These core productions will be complemented by exciting new programming and partnerships in our communities generated as a result of our strategic plan which will be completed before the summer months.

Adam Turner, Artistic Director of Virginia Opera: “Artistically, the season offers vast and diverse selections – from cherished features of the operatic repertoire to compelling and fresh perspectives, there truly is something for everyone. Continuing our journey through Richard Wagner’s vintage Ring Cycle with the second episode, The Valkyrie (in an orchestral version by Jonathan Dove), we’ll continue to plumb the depths of human nature, with the timeless themes of power and freedom. love offering endless discovery. Developed by an inspired core team of creative partners and designers, the cohesive presentation of VO’s first-ever Ring Cycle will evolve over the next three years, proving to be a captivating and monumental achievement in the company’s history. Fan favorites La Traviata and Pirates remind us why we all fell in love with this wonderful art form, while also giving us the opportunity to introduce some awesome new talent to our audiences. With the Commonwealth premiere of Fellow Travelers, we welcome an exciting new voice in classical music – composer Gregory Spears, one of Virginia’s members! And finally, I’m thrilled to collaborate as a pianist alongside VO’s creative partner and advisor, Will Liverman, another Virginia member who plays a major role in leading the world of opera in the 21st century. All in all, we have an exceptional season ahead!

2022-2023 Season – Production Information

The Valkyrie
Richard Wagner
Version for orchestra by Jonathan Dove
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | September 30, October 1 and 2
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax | October 8 & 9
Dominion Energy Centre, Richmond | October 14 & 16

Sung in German with English surtitles.
With the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

After the successful production of Das Rheingold in the 21/22 season, Virginia Opera embarks on the complete Ring Cycle with the second installment: The Valkyrie. Prepare to roll with the Valkyries as we are reintroduced to Wotan and his extended family. Now comfortably ensconced in Valhalla, they again face some very godlike problems. The stage will be set for Siegfried in fall 2023 and Twilight of the Gods in fall 2024.

The Penzance Pirates
W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | November 4, 5, 6
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax | November 12 & 13
Dominion Energy Centre, Richmond | November 18 & 20

Sung in English with English surtitles.
With the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

A young pirate apprentice without a stomach for a future of piracy must be released from his required service on his twenty-first birthday… Trouble is, fate may well interfere with the plan. With its newly found sweetheart, a talkative but well-meaning father and a Pirate King boss with his own merry band of buccaneers, The Pirates of Penzance is a major modern show for the whole family.

Travel Companions
Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 novel “Fellow Travellers” by Thomas Mallon
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | January 27, 28, 29
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax | February 4 & 5
Dominion Energy Centre, Richmond | February 10 & 12

Sung in English with English surtitles.
With the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The 1950s had their own sense of style and their very real problems. Fellow Travelers follows the story of a love affair between two men caught up in the turbulent moment of Senator Joe McCarthy’s “Lavender Scare” – an open policy aimed at driving homosexuality out of government service. The very real struggles resulting from this witch hunt end in a stunning act of betrayal.

La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk | March 3, 4, 5
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax | March 11 & 12
Dominion Energy Centre, Richmond | March 17 and 19

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
With the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Prepare to be swept away by one of opera’s most tragic love stories. The story of the superb courtesan Violetta and the hopelessly romantic Alfredo is woven with some of the repertoire’s best-known music. The highlights of La Traviata are accompanied by tears in the tragic ending.

Subscription information
Subscription tickets for all 4 productions are on sale now for performances in Norfolk and Richmond starting at just $75. Tickets for performances at the George Mason University Center for the Arts will go on sale at a later date. Subscription tickets and ticket information at:

Les Edythe C. and Stanley L.
Harrison’s Opera
Norfolk, Virginia
866.673.7282
vaopera.org

George Mason University Center for the Arts
Fairfax, Virginia
703.993.2787
cfa.gmu.edu

The Carpenter Theater at the Dominion Energy Center
Richmond, Virginia
866.673.7282
vaopera.org

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