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What an exciting season we’re having! A season that’s already taken our audiences to the height of passion and to the pathos of a promising life eclipsed by circumstance; we now journey forward with Cinderella in Rossini’s vivid portrayal of love at first sight morphing into a realization of the true meaning of love in a classic fairytale brought to the realm of real life. Once again, we hope our audiences find that emphasizing the glorious flexibility and durability of opera as an art form is a goal successfully realized by Virginia Opera. In each season that Virginia Opera produces, we strive to offer a wide range of operatic repertory that touches all aspects of the human condition; this one is clearly no exception. And neither is next season. Subscribers have just received in the mail the announcement of next season, the 2020-2021 Season. In the recent information sent to you, you will find that we have put together a wonderful season that includes repertory signifying the Best of the Best! But what does that mean, the best of the best? Next season includes two audience favorites as indicated by frequency of programming at opera houses round the world, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi’s Rigoletto, as well as one critically acclaimed opera never before performed by Virginia Opera (Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain; that continues our new artistic initiative – From Screen to Stage – begun this season with Il Postino) and one opera (The Pirates of Penzance) that our company has not produced in fifteen years yet ranks as one of the top 25 most performed opera world-wide this past decade. So, in the context of Virginia Opera’s producing the best of the best, next season fits the bill. In next season, we have selected titles that offer great musical theater experiences ranging from comedy to high drama, and focusing on life in war-torn societies, on addressing challenges to familial relationships, and on dealing with unrequited love. Opera in the 21st Century remains relevant to today’s society in topic and by being a comprehensive art form emphasizing all elements of artistic expression, if offers the opportunity for appealing on some level to everyone. You will not want to miss next season. SO SUBSCRIBE NOW!! There are many reasons (and benefits) to be a part of next season and really no reasons not to experience the satisfaction of opera well-produced. Virginia Opera guarantees you an incredible experience and will not want to miss any one of next season’s operas. Being a subscriber is the best way to ensure that that will happen. Also, we would be grateful to have you be a part of Virginia Opera’s family of donors. At this midway point in Virginia Opera’s 45th Anniversary Season, we are Continued on page 30




When you ask even the youngest child about the beautiful legend of Cinderella, the Glass Slipper immediately comes to mind. How else will the handsome prince identify the real Cinderella….and live happily ever after? Well, in Rossini’s production of Cinderella (which was written more than 100 years before Disney) there is no glass slipper. Instead, matching bracelets allows the Prince to find his soul mate, whose name is Angelina. Also, Disney’s fairy Godmother will not appear. You’ll have to wait until the end of the Opera to see about the “happily ever after”. Now don’t blame Kyle Lang, our very talented director, for these changes. They were in place 30 years ago when we last performed Cinderella. Kyle is being true to Rossini’s vision and has promised to get us home before the midnight bewitching hour! Cinderella is the 3rd production of our 45th season…which has been quite successful. Both Tosca and Il Postino have received critical acclaim. Aida is waiting in the wings. If Cinderella moves you, please consider purchasing tickets to the stunning Aida. Also, tickets are on sale in the lobby for next season. Our statewide board is showing great leadership with our important 45 for 45 Giving Campaign. We have achieved 70% of our $505,000 goal for the year. If you have not given this season to support this great art form, please consider a donation. We have champagne glasses in the lobby to commemorate your gift. Finally, a thank you to all our volunteers. We could not put on Cinderella without your help. Please enjoy this very entertaining (better than Disney) production of Cinderella. With gratitude,

Paul L Winslow Chair of the Board


2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAST CHAIRS Edythe C. Harrison Founding Chair Stanley G. Barr, Jr. Esq. Edythe C. Harrison Walter P. Conrad, Jr. Mary R. Albergotti Edward S. Stein Eleanor Bradshaw Thomas H. Nicholson Dorothy Doumar Jane Patton Browning Joyce H. Strelitz Peter M. Huber, Esq. Dixie Wolf

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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019-2020 Paul Winslow, Chair Peter M. Huber, Esq., Secretary Marc Kirchner, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee Nancy Branch, Chair, Artistic Advisory Committee Allan S. Reynolds, Jr., Chair, Hampton Roads Development Committee Langdon T. Christian, IV, Chair, Central Virginia Development Committee Marilyn Scott, Chair, Education and Audience Development Committee Guy K. Tower, Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee Susan Quate, Chair, Marketing Committee Edith G. Grandy, Member-at-Large Raymond DeFrank, Member-at-Large Cynthia Holmes, Member-at-Large Christopher Coffing, President, Hampton Roads Board of Governors Michael B. Lott, President, Central Virginia Board of Governors Kym Hemley, President, Northern Virginia Board of Governors Henry Garrity, Chair, Virginia Opera Foundation Board Amber Reeves, President Virginia Opera Guild Elisabeth M. Wollan, Immediate Past Chair Russell P. Allen, President and CEO


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THE 45 FOR 45 CAMPAIGN Virginia Opera is celebrating 45 years this season and our wish list is simple. Please consider a new or increased gift as part of your philanthropic plans and we promise to put it to good use on our stages all year. Pick an amount that works for you: $45, $450, $4,500, $45,000, $450,000. All new or increased gifts in these denominations will be recognized in special sections in our Program Books, and a special Birthday Celebration is planned for this spring.

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Sung in Italian with English Supertitles Virginia Opera is The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia Russell P. Allen, President and CEO


Tony Fanning

Costume Designer

Sue Bonde

Lighting and Projection Designer

Driscoll Otto

Wig & Make-up Designer

James P. McGough

Production Stage Manager

Erin Lindsay Carr

Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master Brandon M. Eldredge Principal Coach

Shelby Rhoades

Rehearsal Pianist

Kelvin Ying

Assistant Director

Kaley Karis Smith*

Costumes constructed by

Portland Opera

Soldier Costumes provided by

Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.

Cinderella is sponsored in part by the family of Frances Martin Lindsay, former member of the Virginia Opera Board of Directors. This generous tribute was made in honor of her life-long interest in and support of the performing arts. We dedicate this production to Frances in memory of her ever-present grace, wit, charm, creativity and sense of humor. 10




CAST Angelina

Alyssa Martin*^

Don Ramiro

David Walton*


Joseph Lattanzi

Don Magnifico

Dale Travis*


Symone Harcum*†


Whitney Robinson*†


Karl Buttermann*†

*Mainstage Debut †Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist ^Former Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist



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Welcome to today’s performance of Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola)! Not seen on Virginia Opera’s stages for thirty years, this classic of the operatic canon has been patiently awaiting its long-overdue return for a variety of reasons, though primarily for the following – the superior vocal athleticism and expressive range demanded of this ensemble of bel canto specialists. We’ve been looking for ‘just the right’ group of performers to deliver our statewide audiences an outstanding performance. And we’ve finally found them, particularly with one of our ‘own’ in the titular role – Alyssa Martin, a graduate of VO’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. In an undated letter Rossini playfully advised about the most suitable time to write an opera overture – “Wait until the evening before opening night. Nothing primes inspiration more than necessity, whether it be the presence of a copyist waiting for your work or the prodding of an impresario tearing his hair. In my time, all the impresarios in Italy were bald at thirty.” As a tearing-hair-out impresario myself, I can only begin to imagine this frightening scenario! Fortunately for Cinderella, Rossini simply borrowed an overture from one of his earlier and less successful operas (La gazzetta). For a man not even thirty years of age, Rossini’s impressive creative period from 1813-1820 (during which he composed twenty-three operas – representing over half of his entire operatic output), is a truly remarkable achievement. In fact, Cinderella was composed in an astonishing whirlwind of just twenty-two days. Rossini had the following astute advice for singers and orchestra - “I shall say that, in order to fulfill his part well, the good singer must be only an able interpreter of the composer’s ideas, seeking to express them with all his skill and investing them with the brilliance inherent in them. In addition, players need only be faithful executants of the score as written. But not infrequently it happens that this execution is distorted, often spoiling the ideas of the composer, robbing them of that simplicity of expression which they should have.” With today’s performance of Cinderella, I hope we’re able to fulfill the Maestro’s wishes for us to be faithful servants of his score, and that you are thoroughly entertained in heart and mind. Thank you for your generous support and continued patronage, and please enjoy today’s performance! Sincerely,

Adam Turner 13


SYNOPSIS Salerno in the late 18th century. ACT 1

Don Magnifico, a nobleman who has fallen on hard times, lives with his two daughters and Angelina (called Cinderella), his step-daughter. While her step-sisters berate her, Angelina quietly sings of a king who chose a modest and innocent maiden as his bride. Prince Ramiro’s tutor Alidoro, disguised as a beggar, visits the family’s castle where only Cinderella treats him kindly. The Prince’s courtiers announce that Ramiro is on his way as he searches for the most beautiful maiden in Salerno; Magnifico is excited; a royal marriage to Clorinda or Tisbe could replenish his fortune. The Prince arrives, disguised as his valet Dandini. He quickly spots Cinderella, the girl Alidoro has told him about, but her shyness prevents her from speaking to him. When the “Prince” arrives (Ramiro’s valet Dandini in disguise), Magnifico and his two daughters receive him enthusiastically. The false prince invites them to a ball that evening, at which he will announce his choice of a bride. Cinderella asks to join them at the ball, but Magnifico forbids it. Alidoro returns, saying he has heard of a third daughter; Magnifico quickly replies that she is dead. When the others exit, Alidoro tells Cinderella that he will take her to the ball, promising that all will end well. At Ramiro’s country home, he and Dandini, still in disguise, share their distaste for Clorinda and Tisbe; they express confusion about Alidoro’s claim of a third daughter. Angelina’s step-sisters arrive: the “Prince,” as a test, offers his “valet” in marriage to whomever is

not chosen. Both sisters recoil at the suggestion of marrying a commoner. Alidoro enters with Cinderella, now almost unrecognizable dressed in finery; her presence causes general bewilderment. ACT 2

Cinderella confides to Dandini (still posing as Ramiro) that she is in love with his valet. The real prince overhears her confession of love and happily approaches; Cinderella, however, announces that she is returning to her home. Giving him one of her bracelets, she tells the “valet” that if he truly loves her, he will find her. Ramiro vows he will. Magnifico, anxious to secure his good fortune, presses the “Prince” to choose one of his daughters. Dandini reveals his true identity, provoking Magnifico to anger. Back at his own castle, Magnifico and his daughters, all thoroughly frustrated, order Cinderella (in rags once again) to cook their supper. A storm breaks; Ramiro’s carriage crashes in front of Magnifico’s home, forcing the Prince inside. Ramiro, no longer in disguise, recognizes Cinderella as the woman he loves, causing an uproar from Magnifico, Clorinda and Tisbe. Ramiro, irritated at their carrying-on, warns them of dire consequences. Angelina asks him to forgive them. Ramiro and Cinderella are married at the royal palace. When the chastened Magnifico attempts to curry favor with the new Princess, Cinderella says she simply wants to be acknowledged as his daughter. She exults that her days as a servant-girl are over, and invites her step-father and step-sisters to join her in her happy new life. 15


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Rossini’s masterpiece La Cenerentola (Cinderella) offers audiences the gift of a work that is both entertaining and emotionally moving. The plot of our story is timeless, crossing cultures, borders and histories, as versions of the story appeared in ancient Egypt and China. There are hundreds of versions of this fairy tale, including the famous Disney adaptation written in 1950. It seems that almost every culture has its own rendition of the tale, giving this story its place as a universal myth and legend. I find it interesting that a story about a piece of jewelry (or a shoe) is embedded with a powerful lesson on morality: kindness is rewarded, regardless of a person’s social position. Cinderella personifies a dream common to us all; the dream of finding love and happiness unfettered from daily suffering and stress. The Prince represents more than a material reward for sympathy and understanding, thus he becomes a symbol of opportunity, escape, growth, and love. Therein we find that it is kindness, not status, which yields reward. La Cenerentola, or la bontà in trionfo (Cinderella, or the triumph of kindness) by Gioachino Rossini is considered a dramma giocoso, with a libretto written by Jacopo Ferretti who was inspired by Charles Perrault’s famous fairytale Cendrillon and by Stefano Pavesi’s Agatina, or la virtù premiata (Agatina, or the rewarded goodness). Ferretti’s version of the story could almost be considered a religious parable where the fairy godmother is replaced by a sort of guardian angel, Alidoro (“golden wings”), who is the real deus ex machina of the story. It’s also where we find Cenerentola’s real name, Angelina (“little angel”) - a clear allusion to her innate kindness. With these thoughts in mind, I began the process with an examination of the libretto, the score, and how they shape the drama we hear. My research guided me in development of a movement vocabulary and stylistic approach that defines the world in which the story lives. In this respect, the staging is similar to choreographing a dance. Movement, music, and story intertwine. How bodies are arranged and move through the space, and the architecture the characters create onstage, can dramatically shift the emotional balance of a scene. The staging follows instinctive responses to the music in order to visualize the score and bring this world to life; in this we find the human connections that are the heart of this well-known tale.




ADAM TURNER Conductor American conductor Adam Turner is quickly gaining momentum as a conductor to watch on international opera stages. Currently in his second season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera (following four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor), Maestro Turner garners critical acclaim for the breadth of his repertoire, artistic vision, and polished technique. Of his recent performance of Street Scene with Virginia Opera, Opera News hailed the “sensitive conducting” of Adam Turner “who demonstrated an affinity for a score as stylistically diverse as the characters in the plot.” In his second season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera, Maestro Turner will conduct performances of Tosca, Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, La Cenerentola, and Aida. Last season, Mo. Turner made debut appearances with San Diego Opera (Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, with the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade), the Buffalo Philharmonic (Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins), Intermountain Opera Bozeman (Eugene Onegin); and in his inaugural season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera led productions of Street Scene, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Madama Butterfly, and Jack Perla’s An American Dream. Additionally, Mo. Turner returned to Central City Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly for the 2019 summer season. In recent seasons, Mr. Turner conducted Samson et Dalila, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Der Freischütz, The Seven Deadly Sins, Pagliacci, La bohème, and Der fliegende Holländer at Virginia Opera, Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera Baltimore, and collaborated

with renowned conductor John DeMain on Washington National Opera’s production of Kurt Weill’s final stage composition Lost in the Stars. Additionally, The Kurt Weill Foundation named Maestro Turner the inaugural recipient of the Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship in 2015. Other recent guest conducting engagements include: The Tender Land at Northwestern University; Three Decembers with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Händel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Holiday Concert with Washington National Opera; Sweeney Todd at Hawaii Opera Theatre and Eugene Opera; and Le nozze di Figaro, Dead Man Walking, Carmen, La bohème, Man of La Mancha and Oklahoma! with Central City Opera. Turner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Morehead State University, and a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. He furthered his training with internationally acclaimed conductors and pedagogues Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, and Kate Tamarkin. Underwriting provided in memory of Frances Lindsay

KYLE LANG Director Kyle Lang is a director and choreographer based in Washington, DC. His recent directing credits include Die Zauberflöte with The Dallas Opera, Carmen with San Diego Opera, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La bohème with Virginia Opera, Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, The Pirates of Penzance with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, As One with San Diego 19




Opera, The Bear with Wexford Festival Opera, Don Quixote and the Duchess with Central City Opera, Die Zauberflöte, Mame, and Oklahoma! with Seagle Music Colony. His recent choreographic credits include My Fair Lady with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Carmen with San Diego Opera, My Fair Lady with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Ariadne auf Naxos with Santa Fe Opera,  Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, The Pirates of Penzance with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Vanessa with Wexford Festival Opera, Turandot with Virginia Opera, The Last Savage with Indiana University, and The Merry Widow with Boston Lyric Opera. Upcoming projects include The Turn of the Screw with Carnegie Mellon University, Le Nozze di Figaro with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, My Fair Lady with Teatro Regio di Torino, and Le Nozze di Figaro with The Dallas Opera. Underwriting provided by Deb Wyld

ALYSSA MARTIN Angelina, soprano Alyssa Martin is quickly garnering attention as a standout singer in a variety of repertoire. Ms. Martin has performed with esteemed companies including Tulsa Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and most recently Dallas Opera where she performed in Manon Lescaut. This season, Ms. Martin performs the role of Angelina in La Cenerentola with Virginia Opera, the title role in Cendrillon with Opera Birmingham and joins Dallas Opera for their production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Future seasons see Ms. Martin return to the role of Rosina as well as role debuts of Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don

Pasquale, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Underwriting provided by Leslie Friedman

DAVID WALTON Don Ramiro, tenor Praised for his “clean, clear voice,” David Walton dazzles stages across the country to critical acclaim, as “the sweetest singing of the evening.” Recent roles include Almaviva in Francesa Zambello’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Glimmerglass Festival and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Minnesota Opera. Other company appearances include Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Carolina, and Madison Opera. He was a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera and participated as a Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Glimmerglass Festival. As a concert soloist, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic while collaborating with Minnesota Bach Ensemble, National Lutheran Choir, and Cantus Vocal Ensemble where he resides in St. Paul, MN. Underwriting provided by Anonymous

JOSEPH LATTANZI Dandini, baritone A 2017 recipient of a top prize from the Sullivan Foundation, Joseph Lattanzi established himself as a singer to watch with his portrayal of Hawkins Fuller in the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers. Praise for his performances included The New York Times 21



saying “Joseph Lattanzi was splendid as Hawk, his buttery baritone luxuriant and robust.” and Opera News described him as a “confident, handsome presence, and a resonant baritone suggesting wells of feeling that the character might prefer to leave untapped.” In the 2019-20 season, Lattanzi returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Der Rosenkavalier, Madama Butterfly and Kat’a Kabanova, sings Hawkins Fuller for Arizona, and returns to the role of Dandini in Virginia Opera’s production of La Cenerentola. Underwriting provided by Tom and Christie Nicholson

DALE TRAVIS Don Magnifico, bass-baritone Dale Travis has become one of the most sought after bass-baritones in America today. With a repertoire encompassing 50 roles over 25 years in a wide variety of styles from Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini to Strauss, Puccini and Wagner, Mr. Travis has been a frequent guest artist at companies including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Teatro Regio in Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Berlin Komische Oper, and the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Future engagements include the Dallas Opera and San Francisco Opera for Sacristan in Tosca, Frank in Die Fledermaus at the Saito Kinen Festival, and Atlanta Opera as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. Underwriting provided by Jim and Dede Schneider

SYMONE HARCUM Clorinda, soprano Symone was the 2018 first place winner of the NSAL-DC Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition and the Sylvia Green Voice Competition. Recent roles include Bea in Opera Maine’s production of Three Decembers and the role of Krystyna Zywulska in Out of Darkness: Two Remain under the direction of composer, Jake Heggie, and librettist, Gene Scheer, Gertrude in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Norfolk State University in 2012 and her Master’s of Music from Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University, she began study in the studio of Denyce Graves and Margaret Baroody. In the summer of 2019 she joined the Des Moines Summer Festival as an apprentice artist. This season at Virginia Opera Symone also covers the title role and sings The High Priestess in Aida, and performed in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour.

WHITNEY ROBINSON Tisbe, mezzo-soprano Whitney Robinson, a mezzo-soprano from Houston, Texas, received her B.M. in vocal performance from the University of Houston and received her M.M. from the New England Conservatory. Ms. Robinson studied under Bradley Williams at the New England Conservatory as the Artist Diploma Candidate. Her most recent performances at NEC include the 23












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roles of La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and the Old Lady in Candide. Whitney spent the summer with Opera Saratoga performing as the Marquise of Berkenfield in La fille du régiment and the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel. She joined Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program for the 2019-2020 season to sing Tisbe in La Cenerentola and perform in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour.

KARL BUTTERMANN Alidoro, bass-baritone As a member of Virginia Opera’s 20192020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, bassbaritone Karl Buttermann covers Ramphis in Aïda, sings Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and performs in the fall Education and Outreach Tour. This past summer, he sang Leporello in a workshop production of Don Giovanni with North Carolina Summer Opera in RaleighDurham, North Carolina. Mr. Buttermann graduated with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Cornett in 2016, and graduated with a M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2018. He studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. Underwriting provided by The Morry Reynolds Fund

ERIN LINDSAY CARR Production Stage Manager Erin Lindsay Carr (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Virginia Opera for a 2nd season. A native of Philadelphia, Erin has worked for companies all across the US and has toured. Erin received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Stage Management from Syracuse University. Some favorite credits include, Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Madama Butterfly (Virginia Opera) The Consul (Chicago Opera Theater), FRIDA (Michigan Opera Theatre), Annie, A View from the Bridge, Les Miserables (Hope Summer Rep Theatre), SHOW BOAT, Peter Pan (Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre).

BRANDON M. ELDREDGE Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master Brandon Eldredge has built a broad-scoped knowledge and experience as a conductor, pianist, and operatic coach, working across the United States, Germany, and Sweden. He joined Virginia Opera for their 45th season as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master. Serving as Assistant Conductor for Opera Saratoga’s 2018 productions of The Merry Widow and The Consul, he was re-engaged to assistant conduct Hänsel und Gretel and conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri for their 2019 season. As a repetiteur, he prepared productions for Sacramento Opera’s Rigoletto in 2019, Opera Southwest’s Tosca in 2018, and Oper Bonn’s (Germany) Die Zauberflöte and Madama 25

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JAMES MCGOUGH Wig and Makeup Designer James P. McGough is pleased to return for his 22nd season with the Virginia Opera. He is excited to work on new operas this year as well as revisiting some “old friends.” He enjoys collaborating on both new, innovative productions as well as traditional approaches to the operas we present. Over a 30 year career, Jim’s work has been seen in theatres across the U.S. from Broadway to regional productions. He dedicates this season to the loving memory of his parents.

DRISCOLL OTTO Lighting Designer Cenerentola is Driscoll’s 9th Production at VOA Recently Driscoll designed Lighting for The Huntington Theatre Company’s production of The Purists directed by Billy Porter, Projections for The Flying Dutchman in Florence Italy, Lighting and Projections for Iolanta at Chicago Opera Theatre, Mr. Otto’s design work is seen frequently in NYC & in regional Theatre and Opera. His credits include The Huntington Theatre Company, Utah Opera, The Old Globe Theatre, Opera Omaha, Opera

Philadelphia, Dallas Theater Center, Drury Lane Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Hangar Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Lyric Opera Kansas City, and productions of Legally Blonde and Rock of Ages for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Highlights to his resume include projection design for Santa Fe Opera’s production of The Golden Cockerel and The Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Donna Del Lago. He received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work can be seen at www.DriscollOtto.com

SHELBY RHOADES Principal Coach & Director of The Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program Ohio native Shelby Rhoades returns to Virginia Opera for her seventh season. She most recently was based in New York City, where she was among the coaching faculty at The Juilliard School. Ms. Rhoades also resides as Principal Coach/Director of Young Artists for the Charlottesville Opera. Previous engagements include Coach Fellow for the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater, music staff for Seattle Opera and Tacoma Opera. Ms. Rhoades has prepared singers for premieres by composers Jake Heggie, Matt Aucoin, and Nico Muhly, and she has also worked with renowned singers such as Isabel Leonard, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Lawrence Brownlee. She has worked with Maestros such as Julius Rudel, George Manahan, Gary Thor Wedow, John DeMain, and Ari Pelto. She holds degrees in Piano Performance, Chamber Accompanying, and Vocal Performance. She has also served at 27


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KALEY KARIS SMITH Assistant Director Kaley Karis Smith has worked as a director and assistant director with opera companies across the country, including Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Southwest, Opera Omaha, and Opera on the James. This year, she was the assistant stage director for Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul at Houston Grand Opera, directed Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears at Virginia Opera, and was the assistant director for Orpheus and Euridice at West Edge Opera. Other directing credits include: The Turn of the Screw and The Crucible with Chicago Summer Opera, As One Open Rehearsals Series and The Bremen Town Musicians at The Chautauqua Opera Company, Le Nozze di Figaro at Augusta University, and Petunia and Jack and the Beanstalk with FBN Productions, Inc.

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KELVIN YING Rehearsal Pianist Kelvin is thrilled to be a member of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, where he is the rehearsal pianist and coach for Virginia Opera’s productions of La Cenerentola and Aïda as well as the fall Education and Outreach Tour. Originally from Minneapolis, Kelvin earned his MM from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, coaching productions of The Crucible, Le nozze di Figaro, and Middlemarch in Spring. He also assisted Knoxville Opera for Turandot and Aïda and was a summer fellow with Oberlin in Italy for Ariodante. Most recently, he was a 2018-2019 Artist-inResidence with Pensacola Opera, playing for Roméo et Juliette, Florencia en el Amazonas, a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, and an outreach tour of Hänsel und Gretel.

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Col. and Mrs. John S. Kistler Mr. Lawrence Kruger Ms. Katherine Lang Mr and Mrs Robert H. Large Mr. Stanley Lichtman and Mrs. Paulette Lichtman-Panzer Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Reese F. Lukei Jr. Ann Maddox Dr. and Mrs. John C. Marsh MD Ms. Sylvia Maume Dr. Betty J. Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Randall Mayes Mr. and Mrs. F. William McClelland Mr. and Mrs. Gabe McCoy Dr. and Mrs. James L. McDaniel Mr. Graham Meech Dr. and Mrs. S. Neil Morrison Ms. Jerilyn Mullarkey Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Nachman Ms. Pauline Narcavage Mr. Fred Napolitano Dr. and Mrs. Norbert Newfield Mrs. Melisa O’Brian Mr. Kenneth J. Orr Ms. Thelma Oser

Ms. Concetta Pagley Mr. Douglas Palmore Mrs. Eunice J. Payne Mrs. Mollie A. Payne Col. and Mrs. Eric F. Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Plett Ms. JoAnn Porter Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Powders Mrs. Ann D. Prince Dr. and Mrs. David B. Propert Mr. Richard Ready Ms. Pamela Rearden Mrs. Helen Scott Reed Ms. Ann Reeves Mr. Paul Reilly Mr. & Mrs. William R. Richardson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riss Ms. Arlene G. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. John S. Rose Carole Royall Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Ruhnke Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sciortino Mrs. Nancy K. Scoggins Dr. and Mrs. Robert Seeherman Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Seltzer

Ms. Cornelia Serota Mr. Robert G. Shackleton Mr. and Mrs. Win Short Michael and Pat Shutterly Mrs. Madeline Sly Mr. Edgar A. Smith Ms. Lori Smithson Ms. Mary Jane Spiro Mr. and Mrs. Nelson St. Clair Larry and Greta Stallings Ms. Roberta M. Stewart Dr. and Mrs. Donald Switz Ms. Phyllis Szymanski Tommy Tavenner and Stephanie Richmond Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Vaccarella Dr. and Mrs. Olmedo Villavicencio Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wallenta Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Warakomsky Mr. Nicholas Wheeler Mr. Jeffrey S. Wilder Ann Williams Mr. Robert Witajewski Mr. Elliot Wolff Mr. & Mrs. Robert Zelnick

opera for everyone,” from Vivian Marguiles In Honor of Edwin Vaughan and Sandy Nelson from Kelly Warren In Honor of Thema Oser from Joann K. Roos In Honor of Marc and Terri Kirchner from Mr. and Mrs. Marc Rabinowitz In Honor of Maestro Adam Turner and the Virginia Opera Staff and Chorus from Charles Hopkins

In Honor of Suzanne Franklin and Edith Grandy from Leslie Friedman In Honor of Their Father, Allan Reynolds Jr., given by Mary Topfer, Allan Reynolds III and Jane Reynolds In Honor of Frances N. Zehmer from Cheryl Yancey

In Memory of Carole Edelstein from Ms. Jane Johnson In Memory and Honor of Rowena Fullinwider from Peter Fullinwider In Memory of R Franklin and Arbee R. Edwards from the Edwards Family Charitable Fund

In Memory of Barbara Hudgins from Mr. Richard Hudgins In Memory of Ronald Audet from Stephanie Chris In Memory of Ronald Audet from Dr. Glen and Lynn Carwell

IN HONOR OF In Honor of Amberleigh Klaus’s Birthday from Jojo Chittum In Honor of Alana Pabst from Deidre and David Lenderking In Honor of Allan and Harriet Reynolds from Mr. Leslie Friedman In Honor of Dr. Betsy Wollan from Ms. Mary Ann Ready In Honor of Marilyn Buxbaum “for her commitment to teaching the beauty and music of the

IN MEMORY OF In Memory of Edith Bender from Kym Hemley Butz In Memory of Wilson Jenkins Browning Jr. from Mary Katherine Browning Berger In Loving Memory of Genevieve Cannon from Mr. David J. Russell and Ms. Virginia Cannon




In Memory of Ms. Elaine K. Bush from Mr. Homer A. Smith In Memory of Marilyn Blake from Mr. William Biby In Memory of Roger Haverfield from Ms. Mary Josephine Vanwingerden In Memory of Lewis T. Booker from Mrs. Nancy Booker In Memory of Robert Claude from Ms. Lelia Keplin Pod In Memory of Richard Vaughan from Bess Decker and Family In Memory of Chuck Burgess from Lynn Adams

In Memory of Sue Munn from Mrs. Ann Bailey In Memory of Robert Erdman from Mr. William Warner In Memory of David Johnson from Mary Ellen Dechert In Memory of Gerald Shaw from Mrs. and Ms. Gretchen Shaw In Memory of Frederic Leiner from Ms. Jane Johnston In Memory of Ronnie Audet from Ms. Phyllis D. Shea In Loving Memory of Hope Mihalap from Shirley Thompson and Patti Thompson Buechner

In Memory of Harry E. McCoy In Memory of Harry and Martha Lee McCoy from Byron Baker In Memory of Roger Zoccolillo from Norman and Susan Olitsky In Memory of Julie McDonald: In Memory of Richard Miller: In Memory of Gene Wadford: In Memory of Sally Clay - Opera is for Everyone Fund: In Memory of Paul S. Zoellner: In Memory of Richard ‘Dick’ Staub: To Ina Levy in loving memory of Dick Staub from Marilyn and Stuart Buxbaum


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Michael Hodges Miriam Blake William and Glenda McKinnon Friend Hon. Lydia Taylor Towne Bank Donations in honor of Ed & Linda Lilly Byron Baker Robert and Ann Branch Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Eisenbeiss Fann and Billy Greer Jim and Jean Gulick Thomas Horsch Powers Peterson and Daniel Alonso Ann Reed John Shannon

2019 HAMPTON ROADS GALA Co-Chairs Andrea Holloway Valerie Neff Presenting Sponsor Troutman Sanders Artist Underwriters Allan & Harriet Reynolds Anonymous Auction Sponsor Harbor’s Edge Wine Sponsor Williamsburg Winery Music Sponsor Raymond DeFrank Menu Sponsor SunTrust Dessert Sponsor John & Irene Field Favor Sponsor John & Andrea Holloway Floral Sponsor Studio Posy





ALICE (in wonderland) SEPTIME WEBER, artistic director with VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

“The staging is ingenious, the score is evocative and accessible, and the choreography sparkles. Quite extraordinary — and fun!" — Asian Review of Books

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2019 CENTRAL VIRGINIA GALA, THE ART OF OPERA Gala Committee Dr. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld Wollan, Co-Chair Mr. Dustin Shuman, Co-Chair Mr. Langdon T. Christian IV Mrs. Sharon Ferranti Ms. Cary Fountain Mrs. Renee Gilman Mrs. Cynthia Holmes Mr. Michael B. Lott Mrs. Patricia Pusey Mr. Paul Reilly

Presenting Sponsor Dominion Energy Corporate Table Sponsors Covington Travel Davenport & Company, LLC Individual Table Sponsors Ms. Jeannie Baliles, Diana Livingston, and Dr. John Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Langdon T. Christian IV Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cox IV Mr. and Mrs. Vince Ferranti Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holmes Mr. and Mrs. David Muhlenfeld Dr. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld Wollan

Individual Sponsors Mrs. Patricia Pusey (Auctioneer Sponsor) Ms. Marilyn Scott Contributors (Dessert) Dr. and Mrs. William J. Frable Ms. Ingeborg K. Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Barry Hodges Ms. Sandy Kjerulf Mr. Paul Reilly Ms. Nancy Scoggins

IN-KIND DONATIONS Barboursville Vineyards Ms. Elizabeth Britt-Kelly Byrd Theatre Custom Printing The Dancing Tomato

Lynn Peyer Massimo Zanetti Mr. William T. Reed III Quirk Hotel Richmond Times-Dispatch

Shirley’s Catering Tom French Flowers Virginia Living Magazine WHRO Public Media Williamsburg Winery

Dominion Virginia Power/N.C. Power Exxon Mobil Foundation Fannie Mae Foundation Freddie Mac Foundation IBM Matching Grants Program John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. LandAmerica Mass Mutual Financial Group

Merrill Lynch Norfolk Southern Foundation SunTrust Bank Teagle Foundation Thomson Tax & Accounting Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation UBS Foundation

MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS Altria Bank of America The Boeing Company Brink’s Foundation The Capital Group Companies, Inc. Catepillar Foundation CIGNA Foundation Dominion Energy

BUSINESS CONSORTIUM FOR ARTS SUPPORT Contributors to the Business Consortium for Arts Support have generously endorsed Virginia Opera’s programs and activities this season. This distinguished group of donors annually contributes to the Business Consortium to support arts organizations throughout Hampton Roads thus improving the quality of life in our local communities. The Virginia Opera both salutes the following and extends its sincerest thanks for their continued generosity. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. Foundation (anonymous) Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Norfolk Southern Foundation Atlantic Dominion Distributors/ Hoffman Beverage Bank of America

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VIRGINIA OPERA GUILD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Amber Taylor-Reeves (Board Chair) Allen Anderson Mark Board Barbara Boslego Gwendolyn Brown Barbara Buchmann Cy Grandy

Janita Burgess Hess Tom Horsch Adele Levesque Melanie Mitchell Valerie Neff Marianne Nicholson Powers Peterson

Ruth Schepper Martha Lee Shaw Rick Shepard Elena Stevens Dora Lee Taylor Holly Tracy Kittie Whitaker

2019-20 SEASON HOUSERS Lawrence Schwartz and Anne Marie Irani Cynthia and Charles Holmes Elizabeth Muhlenfeld Wollan John Reynolds Joni and Mark Dray

Mike and Nancy Lott Susan Rickman and Thomas Grant Henry Garrity Jim Deming Robert Seaton and Tom Pinion

Although space limitations only allow us to list donations of $250 or more, we gratefully acknowledge the generosity of all our contributors. Every gift received helps us fulfill our commitment to quality opera in your community. We thank all of you. If your name was inadvertently omitted or incorrectly listed, please advise us by calling Brooke Cranor at 757.627.9545 x3318 Contributions and pledges received after January 3, 2020 will be acknowledged in future programs. Thank you for your support.



THANK YOU! Thanks to the incredible support of Virginia Opera donors statewide, we successfully met the Mary Morton Parsons Challenge Grant. $150,000 of new or increased donations was matched dollarfor-dollar by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, providing $300,000 total for the much needed capital purchases, including a new van for our statewide in-school education services.  Bravo!

Anonymous Anonymous Susan J. Aitel Mr. Russell P. Allan Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Allen Ms. Pamela Ash Ms. Ann Askew Mr. Simeon and Marlys Austin Mr. and Mrs. Stanley G. Barr Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Batten Jr. Dr. Patricia Behlmer Mrs. Lynne Berg Major Mark E. Board Lou Ann Bode Ms. Jennifer Bowyer Dr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Braddock Ms. Barbara Buchmann Mr. and Mrs. James Burr Mr. and Ms. Paul Candido Ms. Susan Carbo Mrs. Lynn Carwell Ms. Lana Cary-Frame Mr. and Mrs. Tom R. Champion Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Chapin Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ian Cheyne Mr. and Mrs. Langdon T. Christian IV Ms. Barbara M.Christy

Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Clark Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Coffing Ms. Kathryn Copeland Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Cornis-Pop Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Crean Ms. Faith Croker Dr. Marc C. De Solminihac Col. James F. Deming Ms. Helle Dresdner Ms. Ellen Dukette Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ernst III Mr. Wilford Forbush Ms. Linda Joyce Ford Ms. Cary Fountain Drs. William J. and Mary Ann Frable Ms. Harriet Franklin Capt. Peter J. Fullinwider Mr. Patrick Getlein Dr. Barbara V. Goodman Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Grandy V Ms. Tobey Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gregor Laura and Fred Gross Mr. John Hagadorn Mr. Conrad Hall Capt. and Mrs. Joel B. Heaton

Dr. and Ms. Keith Hellems Mr. and Mrs. Barry A. Hodges Mr. Burgess Hodges Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Holman Dr. and Dr. Warren Hopkins Mr. Charles S. Hopkins, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael House Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Howard Jr. Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huber Rebekah L. Huber Charitable Fund Mrs. Sarah B. Huber Mrs. Margaret Huber Mr. Richard Hudgins Mr. William H. Hutton Mrs. Courtney Hyers Ms. Mara I. Ifju Sheralyn Jackson Ms. Sharon Jadrnak Ms. Dorothy Jaeckle Mrs. Tanya Kaish Keller Mr. Peter Katona Mr. Edward J. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. John Klemenc Mr. Kurt Krause Capt. and Mrs. Keith Larson

Ms. Diana Rupert Livingston Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Lott Mr. and Mrs. Reese F. Lukei Jr Ms. Sharon Machrone Ann Maddox Mr. and Mrs. Evans Mandes Mrs. Melissa Marrion Mr. and Ms. Gary E. Marston Mr. and Mrs. Randall Mayes Ms. Elizabeth McDaniel Mr. Joseph McGrath Ms. Cynthis McGrory Mrs. Orianna McKinnon Mr. and Mrs. Earl McLain Mr. Stephen L. McMaster Ms. Emily Miles Dr. and Mrs. S. Neil Morrison Mr. Jim Morrison Dr. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld Wollan Ms. Katherine Munson Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Myers Mr. Fred J. Napolitano II Mrs. Valerie Neff Ms. Kelly Nelson Mrs. Ellen Newman Mrs. Christie Nicholson Mrs. Margaret Nishimoto Rogers

Mr. and Mrs. James Noone Mr. Dennis Odinov Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ott Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pacek Ms. Concetta Pagley Mr. Douglas Palmore Mr. W. L. Pearson and Mr. Rick Trevino Ms. Angelene V. Pell Dr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Pepe Col. and Mrs. Eric F. Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Roland Pittman Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pollock Ms. JoAnn Porter Mrs. Patricia Pusey Ms. Ann Reeves Mr. and Mrs. Allan S. Reynolds Ms. Kristin Rhea Mr. Stephen W. Richard Mr. and Mrs. John S. Rose Mrs. Lisa Sands Mr. and Mrs. James A. Satterwhite Ms. Donna Scassera Ms. Cecelia Schieve Dr. and Mrs. James K. Schmitt Mrs. Nancy K. Scoggins Dr. Stephen Scoper

Ms. Melinda Seemar Ms. Cornelia Serota Mr. Thomas H. Shomo Michael and Pat Shutterly Ms. Theresa Singleton Ms. Sheryl Smith Dr. Homer A. Smith Ms. Ilse Snoeks Mr. Joshua Stivers Ms. Kathleen Sullivan Ms. Anne Sullivan Ms. Nancy Swaim Ms. Dora Lee Taylor Dr. Ashton Trice Mrs. Fontaine J. Velz Dr. and Mrs. Olmedo Villavicencio Drs. William M. and Bonnie Waldrop Mr. Howard Webb Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Webber Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wick Michael Witting Deborah and John Wyld Ms. Cheryl Yancey Howard and Martha Zaritsky








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ADMINISTRATION JoJo Chittum Receptionist/Administrative Assistant ARTISTIC Rachel L. Ginzberg Artistic Administrator Shelby Rhoades Principal Coach and Director of Emerging Artists Brandon M. Eldredge Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master ACCOUNTING Carol Stuart Director of Finance Mary Akridge Payroll/General Ledger DEVELOPMENT Lisa Sands Director of Development, Hampton Roads John-Paul Schaefer Director of Development, Central and Northern Virginia Susan Porter Grants Administrator/ Institutional Giving Brooke Cranor Development Coordinator, Hampton Roads Jamie Wilson Development Coordinator, Central/Northern Virginia EDUCATION/OUTREACH Cecelia Schieve Statewide Director of Education and Outreach Dr. Glenn Winters Community Outreach Director Martha Prewitt Education Coordinator HARRISON OPERA HOUSE Roberta Brennan Facilities Manager Idella Lee Housekeeping Supervisor


Lisa Stewart House Manager/Usher Coordinator MARKETING & AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT John-Paul Schaefer Acting Director of Marketing Amanda Jo Ely Director of Audience Development Kendall Dodson Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Becker Box Office Associate Nathan Jacques Box Office Associate PRODUCTION Lee Marc Molnar Director of Production Ken Steadman Production Manager/ Lighting Supervisor Roberta Brennan Properties Manager Katie Ritter Company Manager Dewey Strang Technical Director Erin Lindsay Carr Production Stage Manager Pat Seyller Costume Shop Manager James P. McGough Resident Wig & Make-up Designer Andrew Garvis Assistant Lighting Designer Eunbi Cho Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Nathan Assistant Stage Manager Derrion La’Zachan Hawkins Master Electrician Riley Word Production Electrician Jessica Ciccolella Properties Artisan Jessica Hensley Draper Annie Yonge First Hand

Rachel Clayton Stitcher Elizabeth Kump Craftsperson Elyse Messick Wig & Make-up Shop Manager Kathleen Christensen Wigs & Make-up Assistant Heidi Mallet Wigs & Make-up Assistant CINDERELLA STAGE CREW Riley Word Light Board Operator John-Luke Whitten Rail Brent Hobin Orchestra Ops Emmanuel Jones Robert Cabrel Alan Terrell Nathan Jacques Maggie Price Derrick Ivy Kyle Jensen Deck Crew Kim Fuller Edilen Obamas A.J. Saunders Followspots THE HERNDON FOUNDATION EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM Celeste Godin, Soprano Symone Harcum, Soprano Whitney Robinson, Mezzosoprano Dylan Elza, Tenor Louis Riva, Tenor Nicholas Martorano, Baritone Joseph A. Mazzara, Baritone Andrew René, Baritone Brett Bode, Bass-baritone Karl Buttermann, Bass-baritone David D. Lee, Bass-baritone Andrew Simpson, Bass-baritone Arthur Bosarge, Pianist Elizabeth Chua, Pianist Kelvin Ying, Pianist

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Street Address: Harrison Opera House 160 W. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23510

Street Address: Dominion Energy Center 600 East Grace Street Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23219

Mailing Address: 10660 Page Avenue #1345 Fairfax, VA 22038-1345

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2580 Norfolk, VA 23501-2580 Administration: 757.627.9545 757.622.0058 fax Box Office: 866.673.7282

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 784 Richmond, VA 23218 Administration: 804.644.8168 804.644.0415 fax

Administration: 703.357.3682 Box Office: 703.993.2787

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AMENITIES AND THEATER POLICIES NORFOLK EDYTHE C. AND STANLEY L. HARRISON OPERA HOUSE Refreshments are available on the Lower and Grand Lobby levels. No food or drink is permitted in the theater. ADA Seating may be reserved by contacting Virginia Opera’s Box Office at 757.623.1223 prior to performances. Smoking is not allowed in any part of the building. Parking is available for $5.00 in the city-run parking lots at the Harrison Opera House for main stage Virginia Opera performances (Parking is on a first come, first serve basis; while supplies last. Parking regulations and reserved parking must be observed at all times). Additional free, on-street parking is also available, subject to Norfolk parking restrictions. The City of Norfolk enforces “No Parking” regulations on Llewellyn Avenue and other streets surrounding the Harrison Opera House where “No Parking” signs are posted. Virginia Opera is not responsible for any parking tickets received by patrons and discourages using other privately and commercially owned lots in the vicinity of the Harrison Opera House for parking. When coming to a Virginia Opera event, please allow ample time to park, and take care to obey all posted parking regulations and Harrison Opera House parking attendant staff. Late Seating is at Opera management’s discretion. Virginia Opera reserves the right to have late seating at intermission only. Electronic Devices, cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited. Illegal recordings may be confiscated. All electronic devices must be

silenced; including cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and wristwatches.

limited to cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and wristwatches.

In Case of Emergency, patrons expecting emergency calls (services or babysitters) may direct them to 757.627.9545, ext. 3378 and leave their seat number with the House Manager, who will locate the patron immediately if a call is received.

In Case of Emergency, the Concierge phone number is 804.592.3350.

Children Virginia Opera reserves the right to deny admission to children under the age of five. Patrons of any age must have a ticket to enter the theater.

RICHMOND THE CARPENTER THEATRE AT DOMINION ENERGY CENTER Refreshments are available on the Lower and Mezzanine levels of the theatre. No food in the theatre. Beverages without ice are permissible. ADA Seating may be reserved by contacting Virginia Opera’s Box Office at 866.673.7282 prior to performances. Smoking is not allowed in any part of the building. Parking Public parking is available at the lot on 5th and Broad Streets, and the garage at 5th Street. Handicap parking is available at the lot at Grace Street, and at the garage at 6th and Franklin Streets. Late Seating is at Opera management’s discretion. Virginia Opera reserves the right to have late seating at intermission only. Assistive Listening Devices are available in the lobby at no charge. Electronic Devices, cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited. Illegal recordings may be confiscated. All electronic devices must be silenced; including but not

Children Virginia Opera reserves the right to deny admission to children under the age of five. Babies in arms will not be admitted to the theater. Patrons of any age must have a ticket to enter the theater.

FAIRFAX GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS Refreshments are available in the main lobby. No food or drink is permitted in the theatre. ADA Seating all Center for the Arts facilities have accessible seating available. Parking those patrons wishing accessible parking will find three locations close to the building. The first is located in the Mason Hall parking lot. The second location is in the Parking Deck located next to the Concert Hall. The third location is located along Mason Pond Drive across the street from the Concert Hall. At any time, patrons may drop off and pick up in front of the Concert Hall. The Concert Hall does have a wheelchair that can be used to transport patrons from the drop off zone to their seats and back. Assistive Hearing The Center for the Arts offers FM listening devices for any patron that may need assistive hearing. The receivers are located in the Concert Hall at the Courtesy Desk opposite the Box Office. The system is available on a first come basis. Children Contact the Center for the Arts regarding children’s admissions and policies. All persons occupying a seat in the Center for the Arts will be required to purchase a ticket.

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