Virginia Opera 2022-23

In its 2022-23 season, Virginia Opera will bracket a contemporary opera, “Fellow Travelers” by Gregory Spears, with “The Valkyrie” (“Die Walküre”), the second installment of its ongoing Wagner “Ring” cycle, and two audience favorites, Verdi’s “La Traviata” and the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Spears, a Virginia Beach native, introduced “Fellow Travelers” in 2016. Based on Thomas Mallow’s 2007 novel and set to a libretto by Greg Pierce, the opera relates the love story of two gay men working in Washington during the “lavender scare” of the 1950s, when homosexuals were purged from federal employment.

“The Valkyrie,” to be staged in an arrangement by Jonathan Dove, follows an adaptation of “Das Rheingold,” first of the “Ring” cycle of four music dramas, which launched the current season. Virginia Opera plans to continue with “Siegfried” in the 2023-24 season and the final installment of the cycle, “Götterdämmerung” (“Twilight of the Gods”), in 2024-25, the company’s 50th-anniversary season.

All four 2022-23 offerings will be conducted by Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s artistic director, with members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the first three productions and the Richmond Symphony in “La Traviata.” Casts and stage directors will be announced later.

Subscribers and donors will have access to a special concert by Will Liverman, the Virginia-born baritone who serves as Virginia Opera’s creative partner and advisor, with Turner as piano accompanist. The date of the concert will be announced later.

Subscription packages for performances at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House are priced from $95.48 to $560; for performances at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Energy Center in Richmond, $85.80 to $492.52. Subscription prices will be announced later for performances at the Center for the Arts of George Mason University in Fairfax.

For details, call Virginia Opera’s box office at (866) 673-7282 or visit

Performance dates for the coming season:

– Wagner: “The Valkyrie” – Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 in Norfolk; Oct. 8 and 9 in Fairfax; Oct. 14 and 16 in Richmond.

– Gilbert & Sullivan: “The Pirates of Penzance” – Nov. 4, 5 and 6 in Norfolk; Nov. 12 and 13 in Fairfax; Nov. 18 and 20 in Richmond.

– Spears: “Fellow Travelers” – Jan. 27, 28 and 29 in Norfolk; Feb. 4 and 5 in Fairfax; Feb. 10 and 12 in Richmond.

– Verdi: “La Traviata” – March 3, 4 and 5 in Norfolk; March 11 and 12 in Fairfax; March 17 and 19 in Richmond.

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