Piedmont Virginia Community College to host Virginia Opera

Piedmont Virginia Community College will host Virginia Opera, the official opera company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for “Arias and Duets,” as part of its 2019-20 Fine Arts and Performance season. The event will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the PVCC main campus in Charlottesville.

“Arias and Duets” will showcase a unique array of works from popular operas, operettas and Broadway musicals performed by gifted artists who have won a spot in the nationally acclaimed Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. The concert will feature standards of the classic repertoire such as: bass vocal solo “Largo al factotum” from Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia, aria for soprano “Vilja Lied” from Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow and trio for bass, soprano and mezzo “Soave sia il vento” from Wolfgang Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte.  The program will conclude with selections from twentieth century works including “My Man’s Gone Now” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, “I Am Easily Assimilated” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, “The Impossible Dream” from the popular Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and more.

Performing in the program will be soprano Symone Harcum, mezzo-soprano Whitney Robinson, baritone Joseph Mazzara and bass-baritone Karl Butterman, with accompaniment by pianist Kelvin Yang. Cecelia Schieve, the company’s Statewide Director of Education and Outreach, will introduce each piece and offer translations and context to the works.

General seating ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts, by calling or visiting the PVCC Box Office or by visiting Greenberry’s Coffee in Barracks Road Shopping Center. Tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located in the lobby of the V. Earl Dickinson Building. For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. View the full Fine Arts and Performance Season online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

About Virginia Opera

The Norfolk-based Virginia Opera, now in its 45th year of operation, is widely respected for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions and the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. Recently commended by the Virginia House of Delegates via a House Resolution, the organization was acknowledged for its “wide and unique repertory” and its community service to over 150,000 patrons each season. In 2018, the Virginia Commission for the Arts recognized the company as a “Bedrock Institution of the Commonwealth,” and noted its “vital importance to the state’s cultural and artistic life.”

Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program provides select groups of opera’s talented rising stars with training, performance opportunities and access to industry connections and resources. As one of the most competitive training programs in the nation, the program receives over 650 applicants annually for an average of 12 to 20 available artist contracts.

Virginia Opera’s performance is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media support provided by CBS19 News.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College

Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. The main campus is in Albemarle County, Virginia. Classes are also offered at the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center in Stanardsville, VA (Greene County) and the PVCC Jefferson School Center in downtown Charlottesville.

About PVCC Fine Arts and Performance

Presenting a rich array of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts programming since 1999, Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Fine Arts and Performance season offers high-quality arts experiences to entertain, enrich, and educate students and the larger community.