Virginia Opera Performs Christmas Carol This Weekend

Posted: November 21, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Opera’s 28th season continues with Thea Musgrave’s interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with a new production created by the team of stage director Dorothy Danner, scenic designer Erhard Rom, and conductor Peter Mark. Originally commissioned by the Virginia Opera in 1978, and last produced on Virginia Opera’s stage in 1986, this operatic presentation of Dickens’ timeless tale is enhanced by a powerful score, captivating singing, and lively dance. Performances are tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Concert Hall. Pre-performance discussions are scheduled for ticket holders 45 minutes prior to each curtain on the Grand Tier.

From the minute the curtain rises to reveal a cold, foggy Christmas Eve, the audience is transported into the world of Scrooge, the miser. Everyone remembers knowing the helplessness felt as Scrooge berates his clerk, Bob Cratchit, for arriving late to work, and his crustiness as his nephew, Fred, enters and wishes his uncle a merry Christmas. And, the audience awaits all that they know will happen after Scrooge grudgingly allows Bob the next day off to celebrate Christmas. With dramatic music and a production designed to enhance this truly universal Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, the Opera does justice to one of the most beloved holiday stories ever written. Evoking Scrooge’s ever growing concern about his Christmas Eve visitors, Musgrave remains true to Dickens’ words in music and lyrics that are theatrical, emotional, and eventually uplifting, as dawn breaks and Scrooge awakens and realizes he is still alive–with a chance to share his joy with others.

Tickets are $78, $64, and $42. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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