About Opera On The James

Opera on the James, celebrating its 9th Anniversary Season, is an OPERA AMERICA Level Four Professional Company in Lynchburg, Virginia. The company was created by a group of city leaders and opera lovers to share the power and beauty of live opera with the power and beauty of live opera with diverse audiences in Central Virginia and beyond. The Board of Directors of Opera on the James and dedicated volunteers are very active in the work of the company. 

The staff includes: 

  • Cecelia Schieve, General Director
  • Douglas Kinney Frost, Music Director
  • Katherine Dorman, Development Director
  • Ti’Sha Scruggs, Administrator and Ticketing Assistant
  • Deirdra Flavin, Consulting Administrator and Ticketing Manager

Opera on the James is a 501c3 public charity.


Opera on the James will be the source for world-class opera experiences in Central Virginia.


Opera on the James will create a wide range of operatic art and experiences to engage, inspire, educate, and connect us.