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Chosen in part because of its ability to be BOTH TRADITIONAL AND INNOVATIVE at the same time, Charlottesville might just be the perfect place to start an OPERA REVOLUTION. And so, VHO felt that perhaps the best way to capture a performance was through the eyes, ears and hands of another artist who sat in the audience. Lana Lambert, 2016’s “Artist in the Audience,” is a local printmaker who will be unveiling a series of works in October inspired by last season’s production of “Someone Younger.” With their first season under their belt, VHO plans to put on two main stage operas and several smaller performances, such as “Now Try This: Taking Opera OffRoad” on November 18 at The Haven, which Patterson describes as an “opera improv with audience participation.”

While larger cities often have a glut of smaller opera companies, starting up in a place the size of Charlottesville offers space and freedom for a new model while also cultivating a new audience. One “doesn’t need to know anything to experience opera,” says Patterson, who hopes to not only make opera more accessible but also change the model. To the troupe, every performance must meet their “threefold test: it must be disarming, exquisite and sincere.” Chosen in part because of its ability to be both traditional and innovative at the same time, Charlottesville might just be the perfect place to start an opera revolution. ~

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