Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Virginia Opera 2009-10

In its 35th season, the Virginia Opera will stage productions of Puccini's "La Bohème," Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment," Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."

Opening nights at Norfolk's Harrison Opera House will move to Saturdays, and the company will reduce its Norfolk runs from five to four performances. Richmond performances on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons will return to the Carpenter Theatre (formerly Carpenter Center) in the new downtown Richmond CenterStage complex. Northern Virginia performances, also on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, will continue at the Center for the Arts, George Mason University, in Fairfax.

The Virginia Opera's 2009-10 performance dates:

* "La Bohème" – Oct. 3, 7, 9 and 11 in Norfolk; Oct. 16 and 18 in Fairfax; Oct. 23 and 25 in Richmond.

* "The Daughter of the Regiment" – Nov. 14, 18, 20 and 22 in Norfolk; Nov. 27 and 29 in Richmond; Dec. 4 and 6 in Fairfax.

* "Don Giovanni" – Feb. 13, 17, 19 and 21 in Norfolk; Feb. 26 and 28 in Fairfax; March 5 and 7 in Richmond.

* "Porgy and Bess" – April 10, 14, 16 and 18 in Norfolk; April 23 and 25 in Fairfax; April 30 and May in Richmond.

Casting for the productions will be announced later.

Subscriptions for next neason are available to Norfolk and Richmond patrons by calling (866) 673-7282, and to Fairfax patrons by calling (703) 993-2787. Subscription rates will rise after Dec. 1.