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
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
“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
- 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.