Virginia Opera adjusts its 2020-21 season

Virginia Opera has reordered its 2020-21 season programming and dates, delaying the start of the season to February, canceling productions of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain” and adding a Poulenc-Puccini double-bill.

“The pandemic has forced us to acknowledge the realities and do what is best for all,” Adam Turner, the company’s artistic director, writes. “[T]hat reality can be nothing but adjusting and re-imagining plans for the 2020-2021 season.”

The newly announced Virginia Opera lineup:

* Poulenc’s “La voix humaine” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” Feb. 5, 7 and 9 at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House, Feb. 13 and 14 at the Center for the Arts of George Mason University in Fairfax, and Feb. 19 and 21 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Energy Center in Richmond.

* Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” March 12, 14 and 16 in Norfolk, March 20 and 21 in Fairfax, and March 27 and 28 in Richmond.

* The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance,” April 16, 18 and 20 in Norfolk, and April 23 and 25 in Richmond.

For information of subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Virginia Opera box office at (757) 347-1906 or visit

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