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Schedule set for UVa-Wise Summer Opera Company


The Southwest Virginia Opera Company of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise announces its upcoming Summer 2013 season featuring two one-act children’s operas.

Performances will be held for school audiences and the general public beginning Friday, May 31. UVa-Wise opera students have been hard at work since February preparing Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood and Judith Zaimont’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Cast as light operas drawing at times on the sounds of American musical theater, these whimsical retellings of the classic fairytales will delight audiences of all ages.  

Founded in 2010, the UVa-Wise Southwest Virginia Opera Company presented its first full-length opera in 2012 with a touring production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. With the generous support of the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation and James Lawson Edward Jones Financial Investments, performances spanned the region. Venues included the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Theater in Big Stone Gap, the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., and the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tenn.  

The company also provides a unique singing opportunity for UVa-Wise undergraduates. 

“We’ve had students show up at our doorstep with the expressed desire to pursue opera in their future graduate work,” said David Volk, UVa-Wise program coordinator for music.  “One of the most rewarding endeavors at UVa-Wise has been giving these students that very opportunity as undergraduates. I know these experiences are the exact preparation they need to achieve their academic and career goals.” 

The performance calendar for Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks is:  

  •   Friday, May 31 (7:00 p.m.); Sunday, June 2 (2:30 p.m.); and Friday, June 7 (7:00 p.m.) in the Black Box Theater of the UVa-Wise Gilliam Center for the Arts 
  •   Monday, June 3 (7:00 p.m.) at the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Theater in Big Stone Gap 
  •   Saturday, June 8 (6:30 p.m.) at MountainRose Vineyard in Wise 

In addition to these performances, the operas will be presented at UVa-Wise for Wise County Public School students on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. 

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $2.00 for children 12 and under.  For ticket information, please contact Jessica Necessary, UVa-Wise Department of Visual and Performing Arts, at (276) 328-0256.