Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Puccini's La Bohèmein concert on September 22 at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The timeless masterpiece will be semi-staged.
Maryland Lyric Opera will present Puccini’s La Fanciulla del Westin concert at The Music Center at Strathmore on September 14 & 15. The rarely-performed romantic Western epic opera features “one of opera’s greatest scores and lushest orchestrations.” Two casts will be led by internationally-acclaimed sopranos Susan Bullock and Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs in the role of Minnie. The 75-member Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno, will appear on stage with the principal singers and chorus.
Victorian Lyric Opera Company will perform The Grand Duke, or The Statutory Duel by Gilbert & Sullivan in a semi-staged concert with full orchestra atF. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center on August 30 & September 1.The production will be directed by Debbie Grossman. The 6th Great Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-Out will take place on August 31 & September 2.In the Sing-Out, the company will kick off its 40th Anniversary by giving Gilbert & Sullivan fans the opportunity to experience and sing through the complete musical scores of all thirteen of the intact operettas.
Principal Conductor Adam Turner has been named Virginia Opera’s new Artistic Director.Maestro Turner is one of America’s most acclaimed young conductors, having come to Virginia Opera in 2010 as Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For the last four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, he has helmed the company’s performances of varied repertory. He is a graduate of Morehead State University (Bachelor of Music in piano performance) and the Catholic University of America (Master of Music in conducting). He has worked as an assistant conductor with Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. In announcing the new appointment, Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell P. Allen, stated “Virginia Opera is excited about the work that Maestro Turner has done for the company. His artistic work is extraordinary and his involvement to date in shaping the artistic growth of the company has been significant. As Maestro Turner begins his 9th season with the company, the promotion to Artistic Director could not be more timely and important for the company.”
Image below: Maestro Adam Turner
Virginia Opera has appointed Nicholas A. Cooperas Artistic Administrator.He will work closely with the Opera’s Artistic Director Adam Turner in many facets of the administration of the musical and artistic operation of the company. Cooper has had extensive training in management, negotiation, contracting, and budgeting with other arts organizations around the country.He will oversee the company’s daily artistic operations and will screen artist materials to identify and recommend potential singers for future productions. Among his many other duties, he will also work to plan, schedule, and facilitate all auditions locally and in New York. President and CEO Russell Allen has commented that “Nick will serve a very important function at Virginia Opera and help our artistic team continue to bring to our audiences the quality of musical presentation for which our company is so well known.”
Virginia Opera announced the appointment of Cecelia Schieve as Director of Education and Outreach in June 2018. Ms. Schieve has extensive experience in opera, opera education, and as a community leader in the Arts in Virgina. She has worked closely with both the Virginia Commission for the Arts and OPERA America. With a background in music and a life-long opera educator, Schieve brings extraordinary credentials to Virginia Opera’s administrative staff. She has many years of combined experience as a professional opera singer and arts administrator, with a special dedication to opera education.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers, & guests will perform The Best of Wagner's Ring Cycle on July 28 at the Filene Center. The orchestra will be joined by Christine Goerke, soprano, Simon O'Neill, tenor, Alan Held, bass-baritone & Eric Owens, bass-baritone. The soloists are internationally-renowned Wolf Trap Opera alumni.