UVa-Wise Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company sets performances in Wise and Clintwood

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has announced two performances of its Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company this month.

The group will perform on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood.  The performance is free and open to the public.

The Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company is in its second year, and will perform in off-campus venues in Clintwood and Wise due to the generous support of the Columbus Phipps Foundation, the Office of James R. Lawson (Edward D. Jones Investments) and MountainRose Vineyards.

Distinctive for a small liberal arts college in the mountains, this new performance company provides audiences with the opportunity to see opera scenes only a handful of undergraduates have had the chance to perform.

The performances will include operatic works by Mozart, Berlioz, Purcell and others, coupled with scenes from the Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady.  The group is being led by visiting director Liz Frazer of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in conjunction with UVa.-Wise Division of Music Coordinator David Volk.

The Wise performance takes place at the MountainRose Vineyards at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011.  It will be preceded by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance, which includes dinner, are available based on a suggested donation of $100 per couple.  

For more information, or to reserve your place for the dinner and performance, please call (276) 328-0256 before June 27, 2011.  All proceeds from the dinner and performance benefit the UVa-Wise Summer Opera Company.