Opera is coming to the Peninsula!

February 24, 2014

Opera is coming to the Peninsula! Exciting news for residents of Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson and Williamsburg: Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artists will be featured in three programs, all free and open to the public.

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Features & Reviews

Washington City Paper: Virginia Opera’s Carmen, Reviewed

Louis C.K. has a bit in which he notes how incredible it is that women continue to go out with men, given that the number one threat to women, and chief cause of injury and mayhem to them is, well, men. The number one threat to men? Heart disease.

The Washington Post: Virginia Opera stages ‘Carmen’

By Charles T. Downey, Published: April 13

An opera company is unlikely to have a triumph, in the critical sense, by staging “Carmen,” but Georges Bizet’s story of passion and murder will fill a house. It worked for Virginia Opera, which staged the opera on Friday night at George Mason University Center for the Arts. With some talented singers and a handsome production, updated by director Tazewell Thompson to Franco-era Spain, it was bound to be a crowd-pleaser.

DC Metro Theater Arts: ‘Carmen’ at Virginia Opera at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Fairfax Times: Following whirlwind tour, Virginia Opera’s ‘Carmen’ lands in Fairfax

Bizet classic comes to George Mason

by Samantha Schmieder
Special to the Gazette

The famous opera “Carmen” will finish its four-city trip around Virginia with a final performance in Fairfax at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, April 11, and Sunday, April 13.

Presented by the Virginia Opera, “Carmen” is an opera comique by French composer Georges Bizet that premiered in Paris in 1875 to some unfortunate reviews. The opera was considered a bit too controversial at the time due to the rampant themes of dishonor, sex and murder that were blatant throughout its four acts.