Virginia Opera 2019-20

Virginia Opera will stage Daniel Catán’s “Il Postino” (“The Postman”), a 2010 work based in part on the 1997 film “The Postman,” in a 2019-20 season that also will see productions of Puccini’s “Tosca,” Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (“Cinderella”) and Verdi’s “Aïda.”

“Tosca,” sung in Italian with English captions, will open the season with performances on Oct. 4, 6 and 8 at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Oct. 12 and 13 at the Center for the Arts of George Mason University in Fairfax, and Oct. 18 and 20 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Energy Center in Richmond. Directed by Lillian Groag, the production’s singers include soprano Ewa Plonka, bass-baritone Kyle Albertson and tenor Matthew Vickers.

“Il Postino,” sung in Spanish with English captions, will be performed on Nov. 8, 10 and 12 in Norfolk, Nov. 16 and 17 in Fairfax, and Nov. 22 and 24 in Richmond. Tenor Daniel Montenegro and tenor Scott Piper are among the cast members. Crystal Manich will make her directing debut with Virginia Opera.

“La Cenerentola,” sung in Italian with English captions, is scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 and 4 in Norfolk, Feb. 15 and 16 in Fairfax, and Feb. 21 and 23 in Richmond. Soprano Alyssa Martin will sing in the title, joined by, among others, tenor David Walton, bass-baritone Dale Travis and baritone Joseph Lattanzi. Kyle Lang will be stage director.

“Aïda,” sung in Italian with English captions, will be staged on March 20, 22 and 23 in Norfolk, and March 27 and 29 in Richmond. Soorano Laquita Mitchell will sing the title role, with tenor Brian Cheney as Radamès and baritone Marco Nisticò, bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam and mezzo-soprano Leah Hunter in other roles. Groag will direct.

Adam Turner, the company’s artistic director, will conduct all four productions.

Subscription packages for the four operas are $68.20 to $400 in Norfolk, $70.08 to $387.84 in Richmond. Fairfax prices have not yet been announced.

For details, call Virginia Opera box offices at (757) 627-9545 in Hampton Roads, (804) 644-8168 in Central and Northern Virginia, or visit

Letter V Classical Radio Feb. 27

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Hamish MacCunn: “The Land of the Mountain and the Flood”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Grant Llewellyn

Past Masters:
Copland: Symphony No. 3
Berlin Philharmonic/Aaron Copland
(recorded 1970)

George Walker: “Lyric for Strings”
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman

Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
St. Lawrence String Quartet
(EMI Classics)

Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Charles-Richard Hamelin, piano

Hugo Wolf: “Italian Serenade”
Fine Arts Quartet
(Hänssler Classic)

Dominick Argento: “Casa Guidi”
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
(Reference Recordings)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
Vienna Philharmonic/John Eliot Gardiner
(Deutsche Grammophon)