The 2012-13 Season has come to a close, but what a Season it was! Here is a list of some of our favorite moments from the Fall and early Winter. Stay tuned for next week's second installment and visit us on Facebook to tell us some of your favorite moments of the Season!
For Richmond-born Matthew Burns, Friday’s opening of Virginia Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at Richmond CenterStage will be a down-home family affair.
There are so many great moments in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” that can send an audience away happy — a meltingly beautiful “Dove Sono” from a lovelorn Countess, a comic turn or two from an oversexed Cherubino, or even the slapstick antics of duplicity and would-be seduction. What the Virginia Opera offered on Friday, however, in the first of its two performances at the George Mason Center for the Arts was the complete package.
Funny, light, and lively, loaded with energy and crackling with wit, the Virginia Opera’s current production of Wolfgang Mozart’s comic opera The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) turns this beloved old warhorse into a comic confection that’s refreshingly new.
The brilliant Lillian Groag has been a favorite stage director for the Virginia Opera for the past 20 years. When former VO Artistic Director Peter Mark convinced her that her pristine reputation as a theater director, playwright and actor was an ideal requisite for tackling opera, she plunged into "Tosca" and loved the experience so much that she has returned every season since.