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By Rich Griset
Ron Daniels has a unique connection with the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”: It probably wouldn’t exist without him.
More than 40 years ago, it was Daniels who found the old penny dreadful tale and decided to turn it into a modern play, written by colleague Christopher Bond.
Stephen Sondheim said of Sweeney Todd, “If you do it in a theatre, it’s a musical. If you do it in an opera house, it’s an opera.” Presented Sept. 26 at the Harrison Opera House as Virginia Opera’s 40th season opener, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, was not only an opera but one not to be missed, even if you have to go to Richmond to catch it.
By Teresa Annas
©April 29, 2014
Virginia Opera has promoted two of its artistic staff members to lead positions, effective immediately.
Adam Turner, formerly resident conductor, has been bumped up to principal conductor and artistic adviser. He signed a two-year agreement to help select the operas and performers for each season and to conduct at least two productions each year.