Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Opera in the Park(s)

Virginia Opera will bring its Opera in the Park program to Richmond for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Dogwood Dell amphitheater in Byrd Park.

In this free concert, Adam Turner, the company’s resident conductor, will lead members of the Richmond Symphony and the cast from Virginia Opera’s season-opening production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” in a program of favorites from the opera, including the “Toreador’s Song” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” “Ride of the Valkyries” from Wagner’s “Die Walk├╝re” and “Summertime” from The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.”

Glenn Winters, longtime lecturer for Virginia Opera, will be master of ceremonies for the Dogwood Dell concert.

Those who pre-register for the event will be entered in a drawing for admission to the Wells Fargo Private Bank VIP Tent, with food and beverages, and other prizes. To register, call the Virginia Opera box office at (866) 673-7282 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays) or visit

Turner, Winters and the “Falstaff” cast, joined by members of the Virginia Symphony, will present the same program at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Town Point Park in Norfolk.