2019 Events

Young Artist Performance

  June 22, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Barboursville Vineyards

June 22, 6-8pm

Tickets: call (434) 293-4500

Join us for a performance by our Young Artists at the Opera’s Sponsoring Estate, Barboursville Vineyards

Encore: Charlottesville Opera Favorites

  April 30, 2019 - April 30, 2019

The Paramount Theater

June 29, 7:30 pm
June 30, 2:00 pm matinee

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Join Charlottesville Opera as we celebrate ten years in the Paramount Theatre with an elegant evening of glorious song featuring Cuban-American soprano Elaine Alvarez (Metropolitan Opera), soprano Colleen Daly (Tulsa Opera), tenor Cooper Nolan (Oper Frankfurt) and Malcolm MacKenzie (Metropolitan Opera) alongside our 2019 Young Artists in operatic highlights by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Bernstein.

Enjoy opera’s “greatest hits” in the beautifully restored historic Paramount Theatre as Maestro Steven Jarvi leads the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra and a cast of world-class artists in this star-studded spectacular event to begin our exciting 2019 summer season!

 

Tragedy of Carmen

  July 3, 2019 - July 5, 2019
  Grisham Hall, St. Anne's-Belfield School

Grisham Hall, St. Anne’s-Belfield School

July 3, 7:30 pm
July 5, 7:30 pm

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Charlottesville Opera is proud to present The Tragedy of Carmen, Peter Brook’s radical reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera, on our all new Second Stage Series in the beautifully intimate setting of Grisham Hall. 
 
Gypsy Carmen is a sizzling seductress, but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don Jose falls for her, leaving his homespun sweetheart Micaela in pursuit of a life of crime and lust with Carmen and her band. But when Carmen callously drops him for Escamillo the strutting bullfighter, jealousy ignites and Don Jose is pushed to the brink. Passions intensify and burst into an emotional bonfire that threatens to destroy them all. Peter Brook’s gripping adaptation brings Bizet’s opera back to its origins of sexual intrigue, power, and complexity. In this distilled 90-minute production, Carmen’s embrace of her dark fate is elevated from an act of submission to an assertion of power. 
 
Visceral and explosive, this production explores the boundaries of where opera and theatre meet.
 
Conducted by Steven Jarvi and directed by Robert Chapel, this exciting new production features opera’s stars of tomorrow in an evening you will never forget.
 
For mature audiences. Contains adult themes.

Camelot

  April 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019

The Paramount Theater

July 13 7:30 pm
July 14 2:00 pm matinee
July 17 7:30 pm
July 19 7:30 pm
July 21 2:00 pm matinee

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Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is the duo’s fantastical masterpiece, which triumphed on Broadway in a legendary original production starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. The Original Broadway Cast Album topped the charts  for 60 weeks, with a rich score boasting such gems  as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and of course, “Camelot.”

An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table.  His Ideals, however are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.

Join Charlottesville Opera for an all-new production featuring lavish sets originally designed for The Barter Theatre with costumes from the recent National Tour. Starring Barrington Lee as Arthur, Sharin Apostolou (returning for her sixth consecutive season) as Guenevere and Corey Crider as Lancelot. Conducted by Andy Anderson and directed by John de los Santos.