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Opera Roanoke 2013-2014: Queens of the Night and the Nile
Opera Roanoke will present a new production of Mozart’s beloved masterpiece, The Magic Flute, in October 2013 and its premiere production of Handel’s greatest opera, Julius Caesar in Egypt, in March 2014. Rod Gomez (Carmen, ’12) returns as guest resident director to stage both productions. Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Handel’s Cleopatra are two of the greatest divas of any stage, and their vocal fireworks will light up another exciting season of live opera in Roanoke.
Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute, is one of the most popular operas of all time, enjoyed by aficionados and novices alike. In Opera Roanoke’s new production, this adventure tale will be set in colonial Virginia for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Steven White, Opera Roanoke Principal Guest Conductor and Met Opera conductor, will lead the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and a cast featuring Scott Williamson as Tamino and rising Virginia Opera star, Shelly Milam, as Pamina. Joining the cast are Opera Roanoke’s Young Apprentice Artists and members of the Roanoke College Children’s Choir. Performances are October 18 and 20 at the Jefferson Center and October 21 at the Lenfest Center of Washington and Lee University.
Handel’s Julius Caesar is widely considered the greatest opera of its time. Its action centers on Caesar’s historical campaign in Egypt and his infamous relationship with Cleopatra. Opera Roanoke’s new production will offer audiences across the region the chance to experience this exciting and intriguing drama in its premiere presentation west of Richmond. General and Artistic Director Scott Williamson leads the RSO and an outstanding cast featuring Opera Roanoke favorites Amy Cofield Williamson (Lucia, ’10; Carmen, ’12) as Cleopatra, Teresa Buchholz (Carmen, ’12) as the title character and Carla Dirlikov (Carmen, ’12; The Flying Dutchman, ’12) as Cornelia. Performances are March 21 and 23 at the Jefferson Center.
Opera Roanoke continues its “Opera Around Roanoke” programming with the MET Live in HD series at Virginia Western Community College. In addition, our Young Apprentice Artists will appear in the acclaimed new quarterly series of interdisciplinary black box programs, The Masques of Orpheus. Highlighting the season theme of “Queens of the Night and the Nile,” these performances will focus on the roles of women in opera and in our community.