2013 Season At Ash Lawn Opera

This arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  I am looking forward to seeing both operas, particularly La boheme – which is, of course a favorite.




Artists who have worked at major opera houses in the U.S. and abroad perform Puccini’s beloved La bohème and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ever-popular Carousel; tickets available March 8th 

Ash Lawn Opera is proud to present its fifth season at The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville, VA with a total of nine performances in July and August of Giacomo Puccini’s touching La bohème, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ever-popular Carousel. The ‘two-hankie season’ features major artists, including five who have worked at The Metropolitan Opera.


In addition to selling out performances and expanding its season to include holiday performances, the company garnered high praise for its last season, including: “The Ash Lawn Opera outdid itself in 2012….” (C’ville), “How could this perfection be? How could it happen here?” (Echo), and “If you’re not an opera fan, the new Ash Lawn Opera, under the artistic direction of Michelle Krisel, just might change your mind.” (Daily Progress).


Ash Lawn Opera opens its thirty-sixth season on July 12th with four performances of Puccini’s La bohème, sung in Italian with English surtitles, and accompanied by a full orchestra of symphonic musicians drawn from across the country.  With its soaring melodies, all too human characters, and touching love story, it’s no surprise La bohème is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.  Stage director, DANIEL RIGAZZI (Metropolitan Opera), and scenic designer, JOHN POLLARD (Brevard Music Festival) are re-united after their success with The Magic Flute here last season.  They are joined by costume designer, LESLIE BERNSTEIN (Brevard Music Festival) and lighting designer, JEFF BRUCKERHOFF (Washington National Opera).


The nationally recognized cast includes: Mimi / MARIA D’AMATO (Sarasota Opera, Seattle Opera), Musetta / MONICA YUNUS (Metropolitan Opera, concerts with Domingo, Carreras & Bocelli), Rodolfo / SERGIO BLAZQUEZ (Prague State Opera, New York City Opera), Marcello / LEVI HERNANDEZ (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera), Schaunard / SIDNEY OUTLAW (English National Opera, New York City Opera), Colline / TYLER SIMPSON (Metropolitan Opera, Castleton Festival), conducted by STEVEN JARVI (Virginia Opera, Kansas City Symphony), in his third consecutive season with Ash Lawn Opera.


The season continues on August 3rd, with five performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic hit, Carousel, named the Best Musical in 1945 by the New York Drama Critic’s Circle and recently affirmed the Best Musical of the Twentieth Century by TIME.


The exciting cast features Billy Bigelow / LIAM BONNER (Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera) who returns after his success in the title role of ALO’s Barber of Seville in 2011, Julie Jordan / EMILY ALBRINK (Washington National Opera, Carnegie Hall) who returns after her success as Marian in ALO’s Music Man in 2012, Nettie Fowler / AUNDI MARIE MOORE (Washington National Opera, Virginia Opera), Carrie Pipperidge / KATHRYN LEEMHUIS (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis), conducted by JON KALBFLEISCH (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award), in his third consecutive season with Ash Lawn Opera.  The stage director / choreographer is JOHN DE LOS SANTOS (Dallas Opera), LILIANA DUQUE PINEIRO (Opera de Colombia, Bogotá) is the scenic designer, SHON LEBLANC (Ovation Award for I Love Lucy Live on Stage) returns to design costumes after his success with ALO’s recent productions of The Music Man and Amahl and the Night Visitors, and JEFF BRUCKERHOFF (Washington National Opera) is the lighting designer.


Over 300 young opera singers competed nationwide to become one of the 16 Young Artists or Apprentice Singers who cover the main stage roles and perform in the Ensemble.  They also perform leading roles in outreach performances at the Louisa Arts Center, the Orange Music Festival, The Haven, Albemarle County Rotary Club, University of Virginia’s Fralin Art Museum, among others. The cast is rounded out by 30 local children and several local adult performers.


Ash Lawn Opera also provides enriching Education Programs throughout the entire year at no charge to underserved children in area public schools, public libraries, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club, and Boy and Girl Scouts.  The company continues its tradition of providing a free lecture before every performance at The Paramount Theater.


Anne Fife, President of the Board of Directors, comments, “After the tremendous success of last summer’s season and our first holiday family opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, we are delighted to announce our upcoming summer season. I know that our General Director, Michelle Krisel, will present to our ever-growing Charlottesville audience two very imaginative productions with exceptional singing that will appeal to the opera aficionado and newcomer alike”.


General Director Michelle Krisel adds, “I am gratified that the greater Charlottesville area has responded so enthusiastically to our productions, including sold-out performances of our first holiday season of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and a 93% growth in the summer opera audience. Our Education Programs continue to expand, and the cast, orchestra, and production team have risen to a new artistic level.  Finally, I would like to thank the Board, Guild, and donors who have made this possible.”


Ash Lawn Opera is deeply grateful to the generous support of:

La bohème

RoseWood Village

Reines Jewelers



Wells Fargo



La bohème* Carousel*

July 12 @ 7:30 pm Aug. 3 @ 2 pm

July 14 @ 2 pm Aug. 5 @ 7:30 pm

July 17 @ 7:30 pm Aug. 7 @ 7:30 pm

July 19 @ 7:30 pm Aug. 9 @ 7:30

Aug. 11 @ 2 pm

*The public is invited to attend a free lecture 45 minutes before every performance at The Paramount Theater.


Louisa Arts Center  The Haven

La bohème (excerpts in English with piano) Noon-time Recitals (FREE)

June 22 @ 7:30 pm July 30 & Aug. 6



Tickets for La bohème and Carousel range from $11 – 65, with a mid-week discount, and will be available on March 8th at The Paramount Theater.  Purchase tickets online at www.theparamount.net or call The Paramount Theater box office at 434.979.1333.  The Paramount Theater box office is open weekdays from 10 am – 2 pm.


To obtain a discount for groups of 10 or more adults, please contact boxoffice@theparamount.net.


Tickets for the performance at Louisa Arts Center range from $15 – 20 and are available now at www.louisaarts.org or 540.967.220


No tickets or reservations are necessary for the free noon-time Recitals at The Haven.



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