June 18, 2015 - Norfolk & Richmond, VA - Virginia Opera is pleased to announce a key staff appointment. Robert Cinnante, has been appointed to the position of Director of Education and Outreach, a post with statewide responsibility based in the Richmond offices of Virginia Opera. Mr. Cinnante joins Virginia Opera with the assignment of expanding the Education Program, both increasing its impact and outreach, and shaping the touring arm to ensure a broader visibility and understanding of the art form.
April 29, 2015 - The Virginia Opera took a gamble by staging its landmark production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical theater blockbuster Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as the opening show for its 40th anniversary season, which began last fall. Happily, the gamble paid off--big time.
By John Shulson
Verdi’s “La Traviata” ranks among the top 10 most done and seen operas in the repertoire. Based on “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas, “Traviata" is the typical tale of the power and pain of love. Violetta is the high society courtesan who enjoys attention but fears giving up freedom, ultimately having it both ways, but not without emotional and physical turmoil and, of course, a last minute surge of hope before death.