ARTS Pick: Rigoletto

Since its sold-out premiere in 1851, Rigoletto has been one of the most popular operas of all time. Verdi’s interwoven tragedy follows father and daughter through scandal and curse to a bitter ending. While the Charlottesville Opera sticks to a traditional production, the opera’s themes remain so current it has been reimagined by other companies […]

Soprano Sara Duchovnay (right) reprises her role (pictured in the San Francisco production) as Dorothea for Charlottesville Opera's production of Middlemarch in Spring.  Image: Composers Inc.

ARTS Pick: Middlemarch in Spring

Thursday 3/23  & Friday 3/24 George Eliot’s novel arrives on stage as Middlemarch in Spring, a chamber opera that premiered in 2015. The musical treatment (part of the Virginia Festival of the Book) offers humor, passion and political upheaval, while serving to commemorate Ash Lawn Opera’s 40th anniversary as it relaunches as Charlottesville Opera. “We’re […]