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Turandot

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Virginia Opera's "Turandot" is a strikingly unforgettable performance
19 Mar 17 / The Virginian-Pilot
Der Freischütz

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A performance that felt vital and spontaneous throughout
28 Feb 17 / Opera News
A hit and miss production
19 Feb 17 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera’s ‘Magic Marksman’ deserves a bigger audience
8 Feb 17 / Communities Digital News
An opera director attempts to turn German Romanticism into American Gothic
6 Feb 17 / Washington Post
Freischütz American style
4 Feb 17 / Opera Warhorses
Amid its flaws, new Virginia Opera production has much to offer
31 Jan 17 / The Virginian-Pilot
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Thwarting expectations with the standard repertoire
6 Dec 16 / Washington Post
Creativity abounds in Virginia Opera's "Barber of Seville"
24 Nov 16 / The Virginia Gazette
Virginia Opera’s 'Barber of Seville' goes beyond memorable
20 Nov 16 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Die sieben Todsunden

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

No thrills, no chills, no memorable characters or music, and a performance that never takes flight
16 Oct 16 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera pairs two works in unique way to look at two sides of sin
4 Oct 16 / The Virginian-Pilot
Pagliacci

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Overall, Pagliacci hits its marks in every way
16 Oct 16 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera pairs two works in unique way to look at two sides of sin
4 Oct 16 / The Virginian-Pilot
Der Fliegende Holländer

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera mounts a high-flying ‘Dutchman’
25 Apr 16 / Washington Post
For the most part this “Flying Dutchman” is a triumph of design
17 Apr 16 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera's "The Flying Dutchman" delivers plenty for the devoted Wagner fan
10 Apr 16 / The Virginian-Pilot
Roméo et Juliette

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Virginia Opera’s superb ‘Roméo et Juliette’ lives on
28 Feb 16 / Communities Digital News
The look is lavish but never fussy
21 Feb 16 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
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15 Feb 16 / Washington Post
Virginia Opera and Bernard Uzan’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet should not be missed
15 Feb 16 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Virginia Opera's "Romeo and Juliet" transports audience to a special place
7 Feb 16 / The Virginian-Pilot
La bohème

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Virginia Opera’s touching production of ‘La Bohème’
26 Nov 15 / Communities Digital News
A somewhat dreary production
19 Nov 15 / Washington City Paper
Virginia Opera takes youthful approach to 'La Bohème'
19 Nov 15 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Elaine Alvarez takes the show away as Mimi
16 Nov 15 / DC Metro Theater Arts
Orphée aux Enfers

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Dying is easy, comedy is hard
13 Oct 15 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera’s amusing “Orpheus” heads for Richmond finale
9 Oct 15 / Communities Digital News
Virginia Opera’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ is almost heaven
5 Oct 15 / Washington Post
Virginia Opera opens season with invigorating "Orpheus in the Underworld"
1 Oct 15 / The Virginian-Pilot
La Traviata

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

'La Traviata' opens with a stunner
29 Mar 15 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
A winning team for Virginia Opera’s ‘La Traviata’
23 Mar 15 / Washington Post
Best ever: Virginia Opera’s deeply affecting ‘La Traviata’
23 Mar 15 / Communities Digital News
Salome

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera’s weirdly beautiful ‘Salome’
21 Feb 15 / Communities Digital News
A tour de force etched in love and death
16 Feb 15 / Washington Post
It’s impossible to dismiss, much less forget
9 Feb 15 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
HMS Pinafore

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Lively, funny, intelligent
13 Dec 14 / Communities Digital News
Virginia Opera puts on clever, detailed ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’
8 Dec 14 / Washington Post
Sweeney Todd

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Virginia Opera’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ rides on operatic voices, despite miking
13 Oct 14 / Washington Post
Trip to "Barber" a hair less fun
28 Sep 14 / The Virginian-Pilot
Carmen

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson cut a sexy figure in the title role
14 Apr 14 / Washington Post
Virginia Opera’s colorful ‘Carmen’ fills the house in Fairfax
13 Apr 14 / Communities Digital News
Overall, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable version of a familiar tale
13 Apr 14 / Washington City Paper
Virginia Opera seduces with cast, production values
26 Mar 14 / The Virginian-Pilot
Ariadne auf Naxos

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Strong and ambitious, if not world-class
17 Feb 14 / Washington Post
Die Zauberflöte

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Virginia Opera's 'Magic Flute' a delight
14 Dec 13 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera’s whimsical but faithful ‘Magic Flute’
9 Dec 13 / Washington Post
Falstaff

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera production of Verdi's 'Falstaff' is great fun
14 Oct 13 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera’s ‘Falstaff’ has everything necessary for great opera buffa
14 Oct 13 / Washington Post
With all this folly and jest on stage, Virginia Opera’s 2013-14 season is off to a zesty start
6 Oct 13 / Richmond.com
Le nozze di Figaro

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Everything works in this ‘Figaro’
28 Apr 13 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera has all the elements of a great ‘Marriage of Figaro’
22 Apr 13 / Washington Post
Virginia Opera 'Marriage of Figaro' an adventure in total delight
21 Apr 13 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera marries dramatic and musical in "Figaro"
8 Apr 13 / The Virginian-Pilot
A Streetcar Named Desire

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ unable to surmount staging challenges
4 Mar 13 / Washington Post
Fine performances, oddly staged
26 Feb 13 / The Virginian-Pilot
Die Fledermaus

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Virginia Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ marks return to familiar
4 Dec 12 / Washington Post
Mark returns to the Virginia Opera, bringing a satisfactory ‘Die Fledermaus’ with him
3 Dec 12 / Washington Post
Holy cornballs, Batman!
2 Dec 12 / Washington City Paper
Comic operetta “Die Fledermaus” hits the right notes
13 Nov 12 / The Virginian-Pilot
Les pêcheurs de perles

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera's bright, affecting 'Pearl Fishers' at GMU
16 Oct 12 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ may signal a turn to the conventional
16 Oct 12 / Washington Post
Bros before throes
14 Oct 12 / Washington City Paper
The Mikado

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera ends season with delightful 'Mikado'
6 Apr 12 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera's "Mikado" is all dressed up but, alas, has nowhere to go
2 Apr 12 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
A rollickingly funny, energetic and cheerful production
26 Mar 12 / Washington Post
Orphée

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Virginia Opera captures spirit of Philip Glass' 'Orphee'
14 Feb 12 / Baltimore Sun
It may be a chamber opera, but minimal it ain’t
13 Feb 12 / Washington Post
Virginia Opera's robust staging of Philip Glass' 'Orphee'
13 Feb 12 / Washington Times
Director Sam Helfrich keeps things light, even trippy
12 Feb 12 / Washington City Paper
Virginia Opera's 'Orphée' powerful, haunting
2 Feb 12 / The Virginian-Pilot
For Virginia opera lovers, it’s a whole new scene
When Robin Thompson sat down to see a performance of Philip Glass’s opera “Orphée” at the Glimmerglass Opera in 2007, he had low expectations.
Hansel und Gretel

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera's charming 'Hansel and Gretel'
13 Dec 11 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera’s modern-day take on ‘Hansel and Gretel’
5 Dec 11 / Washington Post
Director Kevin Newbury is endlessly resourceful where it really counts
27 Nov 11 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Aida

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Virginia Opera up to daunting demands of Verdi's 'Aida'
23 Oct 11 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Superb performances and music push Virginia Opera pducion of Verdi masterpiece
21 Oct 11 / The Free Lance-Star
Virginia Opera stages spectacular 'Aida'
21 Oct 11 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera produces a wonderful ‘Aida’
17 Oct 11 / Washington Post
The sensory experience was underwhelming
16 Oct 11 / Washington City Paper
Madama Butterfly

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Bring out the hankies for Virginia Opera's "Madama Butterfly"
10 Apr 11 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Not the most affecting "Butterfly," but its faults are not fatal
7 Apr 11 / The Free Lance-Star
Virginia Opera's budget 'Butterfly'
4 Apr 11 / Washington Times
An honorable small-scale production
4 Apr 11 / Washington Post
Die Walküre

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A truncated Valkyrie underwhelms at Virginia Opera saved somewhat by solid vocal performances
9 Mar 11 / OperaOnline
Virginia Opera's economy-sized 'Valkyrie'
23 Feb 11 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera's Wagnerian shortcoming
21 Feb 11 / Washington Post
'Valkyrie' does not disappoint
13 Feb 11 / The Virginian-Pilot
Guest conductor to lead Va. Opera in 'Valkyrie'
A veteran conductor, Joseph Rescigno, will wield the guest baton for the Virginia Opera's performances of Richard Wagner's "The Valkyrie" next year.
Così fan tutte

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Virginia Opera's top-notch 'Cosi'
10 Dec 10 / Washington Times
Vocally, the men had the edge
6 Dec 10 / Washington Post
An engaging production with strong acting, fine singing and smart visual design
28 Nov 10 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Rigoletto

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Virginia Opera scores big with this Rigoletto
27 Oct 10 / OperaOnline
Opera season opens well with 'Rigoletto'
4 Oct 10 / The Virginian-Pilot
Porgy and Bess

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Virginia Opera gives a touching 'Porgy and Bess'
12 Apr 10 / The Virginian-Pilot
Don Giovanni

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Virginia Opera plays ‘Don Giovanni' at George Mason University
1 Mar 10 / Washington Post
La fille du régiment

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 2

This 'Daughter' is a delight
8 Dec 09 / Washington Post
A 'Daughter' with wit
4 Dec 09 / Washington Times
La bohème

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Main singers uneven, secondaries radiate in 'La Boheme'
8 Oct 09 / The Virginian-Pilot
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 4

VA Opera ends on a high note with plenty of laughs
15 Apr 09 / OperaOnline
Clever acting sharpens 'Barber'
3 Apr 09 / Washington Times
Virginia Opera ends season on a high note
30 Mar 09 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
'Barber of Seville' minds its business, provides the laughs
18 Mar 09 / The Virginian-Pilot
Tosca

Virginia Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Woe, hoarse: A rough ride for 'Tosca' at George Mason
16 Feb 09 / Washington Post
Smooth, soaring lyrics and melodies mark ‘Tosca’
15 Feb 09 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera brings nuanced 'Tosca' to Norfolk
7 Feb 09 / The Virginian-Pilot
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News & Articles

Virginia Opera announces its 2016-17 season
From productions rarely seen in this country to beloved opera classics, Virginia Opera’s 2016-17 repertoire pushes artistic boundaries both in scope and talent.
20 Mar 2016 / Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Opera announces 2016-2017 season
Virginia Opera's recently announced 2016-2017 season will blend tradition and innovation in four scheduled performances.
9 Jan 2016 / The Virginia Gazette
Virginia Opera names two artistic heads
Virginia Opera has promoted two of its artistic staff members to lead positions, effective immediately.
29 Apr 2014 / The Virginian-Pilot
Virginia Opera announces 2014-15 lineup
The 40th anniversary season of the Virginia Opera promises to be dynamic – with performances flirting with darkness, murder and forbidden love.
12 Jan 2014 / The Virginian-Pilot
Virginia Opera announces 2013-2014 season
Falstaff, The Magic Flute and more!
22 Jan 2013 / Broadway World