Highlights from the 2016 Summer Season

Our 2016 Summer Season was filled with beautiful music, incredible singers, and memorable productions. On behalf of all of us at Ash Lawn Opera, thank you to everyone who made the season possible: over 100 artists, technicians, and designers who came to Charlottesville for the summer; our two show sponsors, RoseWood Village for Cosi fan tutte and Wells Fargo for South Pacific; the Cornell Foundation for year-long support; the 65 families who opened their homes to our artists; our Board of Directors, volunteer Guild, and staff; and the many dedicated supporters who sustain Charlottesville's opera company.

We hope you enjoyed the season as much as we did -- and relive the magic with these great highlights!

Cosi fan tutte photo above by Janet Moore-Coll.

Cosi fan tutte

In the Press:

Read exclusive interviews with Cosi fan tutte Principal Artists: Mireille Asselin (Despina), Joshua Dennis (Ferrando), and Cassandra Zoe Velasco (Dorabella).

"Ash Lawn Opera reimagines Mozart's scandalous work"Daily Progress, July 12, 2016

Artistic Director Michelle Krisel sat down with Sandy Hausman at WVTF to talk about our 39th summer season. Listen to the full story here to hear about Lorenzo Da Ponte's colorful life and how South Pacific influenced even hairstyles when it premiered!

Executive Director Kevin O'Halloran and Krisel joined Jane Foy on WINA to discuss Cosi fan tutte. Listen to their interview here.

Praise from the audience:

"Magnificent performance"
"A wonderful performance in every way!"
"Fantastic performance & atmosphere"
"So well-acted, on top of the beautiful musical performance."
"Gorgeous voices, great acting, and Mozart -- what more could one ask for?"

South Pacific

South Pacific video screenshot
Watch a brief video of highlights from the production

In the Press:

"Ash Lawn Opera heats up summer with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, the popular musical about love in the time of war." - C-Ville Weekly, July 20, 2016

O'Halloran and Krisel joined Jane Foy on WINA to discuss South Pacific. Listen to their interview here.

"How ‘South Pacific’ managed to remain fresh over the years"Daily Progress, July 20, 2016

Read exclusive interviews with South Pacific artists: Stage Director John de los Santos and star Sharin Apostolou (Nellie Forbush).

Praise from the Audience:

"Phenomenal singing, acting and dancing!"
"Corey Crider in the role of Emile de Becque was outstanding and one of the best performances I've seen. It was a moving and beautiful theater experience."
"Loved the energy, the music, the staging, and especially Sharin Apostolou as Nellie."
"A first rate production."

Events & Other Performances


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Season Preview: A Taste of Ash Lawn Opera

On June 18, 2016, over 120 Ash Lawn Opera supporters gathered at beautiful Estouteville Farm to kick off our summer season. The six principal artists from Cosi fan tutte-- Mireille Asselin, Joshua Dennis, Andrew Garland, Kristopher Irmiter, Melinda Whittington, and Cassandra Zoé Velasco -- performed.Thank you to our gracious hosts, Ludwig Kuttner and Beatrix Ost, for opening their wonderful home, to all our sponsors, Brown Toyota and Wassenaar + Winkler Architects and Planners, co-hosts, and guests for their generous support!


Young Artist Cosi fan tutte at Garth Newel Music Center
Our talented roster of Young Artists brought their own take on Cosi fan tutte to beautiful Garth Newel Music Center on June 25, 2016. Thank you to Garth Newel for having us, and to the over 100 audience members who came from Northern and Central Virginia to hear these wonderful singers!



IMG_4742Opera in the Park

For the second year, Ash Lawn Opera and WTJU presented an evening of opera at the IX Art Park. Despite having to move the event indoors due to inclement weather, over 200 people enjoyed selections from Cosi fan tutte and South Pacific, as well as other favorite arias and show tunes, performed by the 2016 Principal Artists and Young Artists. Thank you to the IX and WTJU for having us once again!


IMG_2757(1)Mozart and Martinis

On July 15, 2016, 60 of Ash Lawn Opera's most dedicated supporters gathered at a beautiful residence in downtown Charlottesville to celebrate the closing night of Cosi fan tutte. Young Artists Katherine Henly, Kara Mulder, and Andre Chiang performed, accompanied by Principal Coach Shelby Rhoades. Thank you to all our generous hostess, Janice Aron, event sponsor Square One Organic Vodka, and our wonderful guests for making this event such a success!