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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Virginia Opera
Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin
Heyward, DuBose
Greg Ganakas Director
Peter Mark Conductor
Joseph Walsh Assistant Conductor
Joseph Walsh Chorus Master
Howard Jones Scenic Designer
James McGough Hair/Wigs
James McGough Make-up
Kenneth Steadman Lighting Designer
Comments: Costumes from Opera Memphis.
Opening Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Venue & 
Performance Dates:
Harrison Opera House
April 10,14,16,18m
Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts
April 30
May 1,2m
George Mason University Center for the Arts
April 23,25m
Newport News, VA
May 7,8
Cast Information:
Bess Kearstin Piper Brown
Clara Nicole Jenkins
Crab Man Carlos Clanton
Crown Timothy Robert Blevins
Detective Bob Burchette
Honey Man Andri M. Gowens
Jake Trent Armand Kendall
Maria Julia Nixon
Porgy Michael Redding
Serena Aundi Marie Moore
Sportin' Life Lawrence Craig
Strawberry Woman Charlene Marchant
Company Information
Virginia Opera
Address:  P.O. Box 2580, Norfolk VA 23501-2580 United States
Web site:
Phone:  757-627-9545
Fax:  757-622-0058

Mission Statement/Description:
"Virginia Opera, the official opera company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is one of the finest regional opera companies in America and is the only company to perform regularly in three separate main stage venues: the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Landmark Theater in Richmond, and GMU Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Organized in 1974, Virginia Opera is respected nationwide for the identification and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. The company has 36 main stage performances in three markets reaching nearly 50,000 attendees. In addition, Virginia Opera reaches more than 200,000 students and community members each year through its impressive variety of innovative education and community outreach programs."
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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.