UVa-Wise announces 2012 season of its Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company
University of Virginia’s College at Wise has announced the 2012 season of its
Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company.
the first time in its history, the group will stage its first full-length
opera, “The Tender Land,” an American classic by Aaron Copland. With major underwriting provided by the C.
Bascom Slemp Foundation, productions will be presented in a variety of venues
across the tri-state region.
opera, which tells the story of a farm family in the midwest, was inspired by
Copland after he viewed the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans and
James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.”
production features UVa-Wise students in lead roles with Wise County Public
Schools students in supporting and ensemble roles. Zachary Marshall from East Tennessee State
University will be featured in a lead role. Dancers from the Center Stage
Cloggers of Coeburn will also be featured.
season kicks off in Wise with a fundraising dinner and performance at
MountainRose Vineyards on Saturday, June 23.
Tickets are $75 per couple for the dinner, which begins at 6:30
p.m. A limited number of seats for the
dinner, which includes two tickets to the performance, are available. Tickets for the performance only, which
begins at 7:30 p.m., are $20 per person.
Proceeds from the dinner and performance will benefit the Southwest
Virginia Summer Opera Company.
next performances will be at the Trail of the Lonesome Pine outdoor theater in
Big Stone Gap, Monday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., and the Breaks Interstate Park on
Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. in Breaks, Va.
These performances are free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 28, the Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company will perform at
the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the
season concludes on Saturday, June 30, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at The
Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Va.
Tickets are available for $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors and
underwriting is provided by MountainRose Vineyards and James Lawson, Edward
Jones Investments in Wise.
For information on tickets or the performances, please call (276) 328-0256.