THE ARTS SCENE
A NEW ADDITION TO THE LOCAL ARTS SCENE, VICTORY HALL OPERA BRINGS MULTI-TALENTED SINGERS TO THE MODERN STAGE.
Opera One the most recent additions to Charlottesville’s vibrant local arts and culture scene, Victory Hall Opera (VHO) is named for a building that does not, in fact, exist in Charlottesville. The company doesn’t have an actual brick and mortar home either, choosing instead to tap into the plethora of area venues to host their performances. Following WWI, “Victory Halls” were built all over the world as community theaters and gathering places, giving traveling musicians a place to perform when they came to town. By naming themselves after a building, it allows “wherever the group performs to become a Victory Hall,” says co-founder Brenda Patterson, while also keeping production budgets small, creativity high and the singers’ compensation fair. Founded by Patterson, Miriam Gordon-Stewart and Charlottesville native Maggie Bell, VHO is not your mother’s
WORDS BY BECKY CALVERT PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF VICTORY HALL OPERA 114