Virginia Opera to Perform The Mikado this Weekend

Posted: November 28, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Clever rhymes, zany characters, and a plot filled with more twists than a pretzel characterize this traditional version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado performed by the Virginia Opera. Set in the make-believe Japanese town of Titipu, it is the story of young lovers, betrothed to the wrong mates, who manage to defy fate and the screwball characters around them. Performances at the Concert Hall are Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Pre-performance artistic discussions, free to ticketholders, are scheduled 45 minutes prior to all performances on the hall’s Grand Tier.

This production features stage direction by William Theisen, director of Virginia Opera’s acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. Dan Saunders, Virginia Opera’s assistant conductor, leads all Mikado performances. Kabuki-inspired makeup and costumes enhance the production.

Tickets for The Mikado are $76, $64, and $40. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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