Mission Statement: Opera Roanoke fosters a wider appreciation of opera in western Virginia by offering compelling performances of engaging productions and programs. An enterprising and resourceful multi-disciplinary organization, Opera Roanoke is a vital component of the cultural life in Roanoke, Virginia's Blue Ridge and beyond.
Opera Roanoke is a professional opera company that presents fully staged productions and a variety of programs for patrons and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Performances regularly feature internationally renowned artists, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra accompanies all full productions.
General Admission Rates: $27.00 - $102.00. (Prices include admissions taxes and applicable fees.)
Sempre Libera Program
For six seasons, Opera Roanoke has offered FREE tickets to students through the innovative Sempre Libera program, among the first of its kind. Italian for “always free,” Sempra Libera allows students of all ages the opportunity to experience an art form that encompasses what young people love: high drama, thrilling music, sly humor, and extravagant costumes.
2014-2015 Season: Comedy Tonight!
We here at Opera Roanoke are excited about one of the most entertaining seasons in our 39 year history.
In Fall 2014, we bring Mozart’s Abduction to Roanoke for the first time. Its ebullient score and unrestrained comic tone – balanced by the sublime beauty we expect from Mozart’s leading ladies and men – ensures its success. This production will play for one night only, November 22, at 7:30 PM.
Our Spring 2015 production is Rossini’s Cinderella, the most beloved operatic version of the Cinderella story. This production features a cast of rising opera stars like those our audiences have come to expect. If you don’t know Rossini’s bel canto gem of musical comedy, you’re in for a smorgasbord of musical delights. The Prince and Cinderella sing their way into our imaginations on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 22 at 3 PM. Who says opera doesn’t have happy endings?
The Three Feathers: Prior to our Roanoke productions, our 39th season kicks off with an exciting new venture: our first co-production with Virginia Tech and the new Moss Arts Center. Opera Roanoke subscribers have exclusive access to advance sales of The Three Feathers. (Please see information enclosed in this mailing.) Composer Lori Laitman, whose works have been written for Opera Roanoke’s own Elizabeth Futral, and award-winning poet Dana Gioia have collaborated on a delightful one-act fairy tale opera, that is itself a “Cinderella story.” Opera Roanoke artists and Apprentices join Virginia Tech students and faculty in this exciting new production designed for the state-of-the-art capabilities of the Moss Arts Center.
Opera Around Roanoke
All year long, Opera Roanoke presents and participates in arts and cultural events throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge. For an up-to-date calendar of events, visit our website at operaroanoke.org and subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter.
Opera Roanoke Community Engagement
Opera Roanoke and our Apprentice Artists are available for School Visits. These visits can be in the form of Master Classes or vocal coachings for upcoming performances or Festivals, as examples.
Want a fun and interesting field trip for your students? Educators and students are invited to attend Opera Roanoke dress rehearsals! These rehearsals are open to the public. Arrangements can also be made for students to go back-stage to see how the action comes to life.
Opera Roanoke enjoys collaborations with our arts and cultural partners, including the Taubman Museum of Art, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Center in the Square, to name a few.
Opera Roanoke Apprentice Artist Program
Opera Roanoke’s premiere Apprentice Artist Program, formed by General & Artistic Director Scott Williamson in 2011, made its debut with Opera Roanoke’s acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly. From a founding class of six young artists, the program more than tripled in size in its first year to include over 20 singers, conductors and production assistants.
Representing the region’s colleges, universities and recent graduates, Apprentice Artists audition to be selected to work directly with Opera Roanoke artistic staff and have access to opportunities to work with guest artists. These guest artists included renowned artist manager and vocal coach Kathy Olsen and internationally acclaimed Roanoke favorite, soprano Elizabeth Futral.
As the core of the Opera Roanoke chorus for main-stage productions, Apprentice Artists are afforded invaluable experience at the professional level, working side-by-side with some of the finest singers, directors and conductors in the world of opera today. Apprentice Artists also perform in Opera Around Roanoke, performances that occur throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge to bring opera to schools and community organizations.
Enhancing students’ arts education with professional experiences, participating in Opera Roanoke’s Apprentice Artist Program offers aspiring opera performers, artistic administrators and production crew leaders invaluable opportunities while enhancing their education and preparing them for the next stage of their careers.
Opera Roanoke Internship Opportunities
Internship opportunities includes musical assistantships, artistic administration internships and “behind the scenes” roles in opera production, from assistant stage managers to costumes, props and lighting assistants.
Met LIVE in HD Series
In partnership with Virginia Western Community College, Opera Roanoke co-hosts the Met LIVE in HD Series.