Coming up at the end of this month, opera companies, organizations and fans will be honoring National Opera Week—a nationwide celebration taking place Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4 coordinated by OPERA America with support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Now in its fourth year, National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today, and brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a national audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through free, dynamic activities designed to engage novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.
This year, OPERA America and participating organizations are thrilled to announce legendary artist and opera lover Aretha Franklin as the program’s Honorary Chairwoman. Click here to watch an Opera Week preview message by the Queen of Soul herself!
Children are sure to enjoy this family-friendly production of one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, based on the favorite Grimm Brothers fairy tale. This musical spectacle features all of your favorite characters including Hansel, Gretel, Mother, the Sandman, and of course, that wily witch! It's sure to be a "sweet treat" for all who attend! Featuring Natalie Polito, soprano; Hilary Ginther, mezzo-soprano; Cabiria Jacobsen, mezzo-soprano; and Apprentice Coach, Christopher Turbessi, on piano. Seating is limited -- we recommend you RSVP today!
Join Virginia Opera for this delightful musical event featuring arias and duets from your favorite operas and operettas, including selections from our 2012-13 Season. This unique collection of popular song selections will be performed by Virginia Opera Mainstage and Emerging artists Ashley Logan, soprano (pictured); Megan Marino, mezzo-soprano; Drew Duncan, tenor (pictured); David Williams, baritone; and Apprentice Coach, Tessa Hartle, on piano.
Join Virginia Opera for a behind-the-scenes look at a Technical Rehearsal as this "stunning and successful" revival production moves from the Rehearsal Studio to the Main Stage. Includes commentary and insight by Virginia Opera Staff, as well as access to a staging rehearsal on the set. (Photos from Virginia Opera's 2003 production of Die Fledermaus by Anne Peterson.)
For more information about National Opera Week events around the country, please visit www.operaamerica.org/operaweek. Join the National Opera Week conversation on Twitter with #OperaWeek and visit their Facebook Fan Page at https://www.facebook.com/nationaloperaweek.