The 2012-13 Season has come to a close, but what a Season it has been! Thank you for helping make this year unforgettable and sharing these moments with us! Here is a list of our final favorite moments from early Winter and Spring. Be sure to visit us on Facebook to vote for your favorite moments of the Season!
The Virginia Opera presented a delightful evening of opera favorites this past Thursday evening in the main auditorium of Fairfax City’s striking new Stacy C. Sherwood Center on Old Lee Highway. Soloists Abigail Paschke, Megan Marino, Jeremiah Johnson, and Drew Duncan were ably accompanied by pianist and apprentice vocal coach Tessa Hartle during this enjoyable but all-too-brief recital highlighting vocal works from Mozart to Franz Lehar.
So what was French composer Georges Bizet up to before he staked his claim to immortality on "Carmen" shortly before he died in 1875? A dozen years before, the 25-year-old Bizet was warming up to scale the "Carmen" heights with another opera, "The Pearl Fishers," a beautifully staged production that is launching Virginia Opera's 35th Richmond season this weekend in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.
Considering the popularity of "Carmen," you’d think that Georges Bizet’s other major opera, "The Pearl Fishers," would be at least vaguely familiar. Not really. Many longtime operagoers in this country have never heard, let alone seen, a production. Others know the opera only from this or that excerpt, notably the Act 1 "Pearl Fishers duet" for tenor and baritone.
On Oct. 19, Virginia Opera begins its 35th consecutive season performing in downtown Richmond. From 1978-1983, Virginia Opera was sponsored by Richmond Friends of Opera, led by Anna Garner and a group of opera devotees from across the greater Richmond community. The Friends of Opera provided the foundation for the Opera's current Central Virginia Board, which came into being in the early '80s and is now led by Kemper Hyers.