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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 Heard and James G. 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 434-528-3397 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.

To learn more about this production, listen to WVTF Radio's interview with Interim Artistic Director, Peter Leonard, by clicking HERE; and to hear his interview with WIQO, VA Talk Radio Network, click HERE.

Click HERE to read about OOTJ's collaboration with Randolph College to present A HAND OF BRIDGE as part of Randolph's Fall Orchestral Concert on November 16 at 7:30.

Creative Team and Principal Cast:  
Music Director, and Pianist: Thomas Getty
Festival Producer and

Mark Craig
Director, A HAND OF BRIDGE: Patrick Earl
Director, TROUBLE IN TAHITI: Mark Foreman
Genevieve, Betsy, and Trio Soprano: Chelsea Friedlander*
Sally, Narrator, and Dinah: Cara Collins*
Bill, Trio Tenor, and Traditional Folk Songs Soloist: Jonathan Hill*
David, Ike, and Sam: Sean Stanton*
Trio Tenor/Baritone: Joshua Lindevaldsen
Soprano, PORGY AND BESS Selections: Olivia Romaniyi
Baritone, PORGY AND BESS Selections: Phillip Bullock
Baritone, PORGY AND BESS Selections: Ronnie Shoultz
*Part of the Fall 2018 Tyler Young Artist Program (Thomas Getty, Director)

Prelude Gala

March 23, 2019 at 6pm

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

Celebrate the extraordinary!
The Prelude Gala is all about celebration! Signature cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, and champagne toast capped by a unique musical program featuring the stars of La Traviata.

Tickets cost $150 ($75 of which is tax-deductible) and can be purchased by calling 434.528.3397.

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 its 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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