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14th Anniversary Season Performances

We hope you’ll join us for our 2018-2019 Season!

Central Virginia Opera Festival

November 4, 10 & 11 2018 at 3pm

Multiple Venues

A celebration of American Opera, performed by members of Opera on the James’ Tyler Young Artist Program and regional artists.

Sponsored by Alice and Jim Williams, in Honor of Cecelia Schieve
Including Sweet Betsy from Pike, words and music by Mark Bucci, A Hand of Bridge*, composed by Samuel Barber with libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein, and selections from Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin’s iconic American classic.

Performance schedule: November 4 at the Warehouse Theatre, Academy Center of the Arts and November 10 at Timberlake United Methodist Church. All tickets are General Admission and cost $20. There will also be a free community performance at Court Street Baptist Church on November 11 at 3pm.

Call 434-258-5273 for tickets or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

*A Hand of Bridge
will only be performed as part of the Central Virginia Opera Festival on November 4 at the Academy; it will also be performed at Randolph College November 16 as part of that evening's chamber orchestra concert.

Prelude Gala

March 23, 2019

Warehouse Theatre, Academy Center of the Arts, 519 Commerce Street

We invite you to join us for a celebratory soirée!
Cocktails and dinner, a live auction of exclusive experiences, a raffle featuring several unique items, and a special program of opera and song from the stars of La Traviata will highlight this very special evening, which is our most important fundraising event of the year. 

Ticket cost $150 ($75 of which is tax-deductible). Please keep an eye out for when tickets go on sale!

There are a limited number of exciting sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna Whitehouse at 434.528.3397 to discuss.

La Traviata

April 5, 2019 at 7:30pm
April 7, 2019 at 3pm

Historic Theatre, Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street

Our first performance at the Academy Center of the Arts' Historic Theatre!
La Traviata will bring the splendor of the opera voice to a space that was built to showcase it. This love story of fate and sacrifice is considered Verdi's most famous opera. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon, but then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo, who offers her true love – with tragic consequences. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with it inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities and challenges. 

When tickets go on sale, they will be sold by the ACOA: 434.846.8499,

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