Performing Arts

Smirnov (Evan Bergman, left) tries to teach Popova (Dana Colagiovanni) how to shoot a pistol in UVA Drama’s Vodka Variations. Photo: Michael Bailey

ARTS Pick: Vodka Variations

UVA Drama presents an evening of “bite-size” dramas entitled Vodka Variations, adapted from short stories by Anton Chekhov. The production examines the colorful world of 1890s Russia with hilarious and heartwarming glimpses into the lives of everyday people in search of love, happiness and a strong vodka buzz as they navigate their way through their […]

Photo: Decca-Andrew Eccles

The people’s diva: Renée Fleming is branching out and looking for ways to keep opera relevant

In January, Charlottesville audiences experienced Renée Fleming’s artistry on the big screen at The Paramount Theater’s HD broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s live performance of Lehar’s The Merry Widow. On Friday, February 20, Fleming will grace the stage in person, and while opera houses around the country are facing increasingly tough times prompting cutbacks, strikes […]