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Carnival Capers at Virginia Opera

Carnival Capers at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III A wildly madcap, vividly colorful, gleefully and respectfully updated and “especially Spanish” production of Rossini’s ever popular Barber of Seville comes to the Harrison Opera House as Virginia Opera’s second production of the current Season, trailing its praises behind it. Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 rom-com farce of disguises, romance, subterfuge, courtship, wealth,

OPERA: This Bird in the Office Flew in from the Stage

By Montague Gammon III   The Virginia Opera’s 8th annual, free and open admission, “Opera in the Park” concerts this year showcase the talents of the company’s chorus, whom VO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner calls “the hardest working singers in the business,” of recent and current members of the Opera’s internationally recognized

Love it to Death: Virginia Opera stages the romantic Romeo and Juliet

By Montague Gammon III   “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” is hardly the sort of comment that the French born and accented, multi-lingual, multi-talented stage director-actor-designer-librettist-novelist-online journalist-educator-manager and all around theatre person Bernard Uzan would utter. Yet that familiar pseudo-hick cautionary aphorism might be considered a fair way of summarizing his attitude toward

A Fresh Bohème at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III The opera La Bohème is a story of young love and heartbreak, and heartbreakingly young death. It’s back at the Virginia Opera’s Harrison Opera House, in a new production full of youthful energy and total respect for all that has made Puccini’s opera a classic. Young artists, “bohemians,” hard up for

OPERA IN THE PARK: A Grand Night for Hearing Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III   Hell is open for (monkey) business, and even the gods are partying there. (Olympus is just sooo boring!). The Greek gods’ “Grand Galop” at that soirée, from Orpheus in the Underworld, gives Virginia Opera’s big free outdoor Opera in the Park concert in Norfolk’s Town Point Park its rousing finale

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

Opera Preview: Salome’s Last Dance?

  By Montague Gammon III Apocalypse turns operatic when the tale of King Herod’s stepdaughter Salomé comes to the Harrison Opera House clad in the raiments of the modern Middle East. While the original biblical story of John the Baptist’s murder isn’t about the end of the world, John did prophesy the end of an