The Seasonal Listings begin with operas that are being performed in the 2016-2017 season, and an impressive list it is; previous seasons follow. There are grand traditional operas and exciting new operas. I will add additional listings as I discover more companies and offerings; reader contributions always welcomed. While the opera season for the large companies runs from September until May, others have performances in the summer and some only in the summer, especially festivals. Major venues are exciting because they are more likely to have major opera stars, fuller orchestras, and more lavish staging. Smaller venues are exciting because they are more likely to use younger, upcoming talent, be more adventurous in opera selections and staging, and put you in seats closer to the action, while being less expensive.
There is opera happening somewhere not too far from you. And many others close enough for an opera mini-vacation to interesting cities in the mid-Atlantic region. Opera live is not the only way, but it is the best way to experience opera.
Cautionary notes on listings:
(M) - Major Opera Company
(S) - Smaller Opera Company
(C) - Concert Opera Company
Annapolis Opera (S) (http://annapolisopera.org); Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Baltimore Concert Opera (C) (http://baltimoreconcertopera.com)
Read OperaGene's review here.
Norfolk, Fairfax, and Richmond - Virginia
Virginia Opera (M) at Carpenter Theater, Harrison Opera House, and GMU Center for the Arts (http://www.vaopera.org)
Read OperaGene's season preview here.
Opera Philadelphia (M) (https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/on-stage-2016-2017/)
Read OperaGene's season coverage here.
Academy of Vocal Arts (http://www.avaopera.org/) (S)
ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia (C) (http://www.concertoperaphl.org)
Curtis Opera Theater (S), Philadelphia (https://www.curtis.edu/performances/learn-more/curtis-opera-theatre.html)
Pittsburgh Opera (M) (http://www.pittsburghopera.org/season/)
Read OperaGene's season coverage here.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera (http://www.pittsburghfestivalopera.org) - different venues are utilized.
Opera Roanoke (S) (http://operaroanoke.org) - Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center
Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center (M) (http://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/index/)
Read OperaGene's seasons coverage here.
Bel Cantanti Opera (S) (belcantanti.com) at Randolph Rd. Theater in Silver Spring, MD
Opera Lafayette (S) (http://operalafayette.org) at Lisner Auditorium
Urban Arias (S) (http://urbanarias.org)
Washington Concert Opera (C) (http;//concertopera.org)
Wolftrap Opera (S) (http://www.wolftrap.org/opera.aspx)
Opera Delaware (S) (http://www.operade.org/) at The Grand Opera House, Wilmington
Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center 2015-2016 Season (http://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/programs/)
Richmond, Norfolk, and Fairfax
Virginia Opera 2015-2016 Season (http://www.vaopera.org)
Pittsburgh Opera 2015-2016 Season (http://pittsburghopera.org/seasons/view/9)
Opera Philadelphia 2015-2016 Season (https://www.operaphila.org/your-visit/tickets-subscriptions/)
Lyric Opera Baltimore 2015-2016 Season (https://lyricoperahouse.com/page_img.php?cms_id=2)
New York City
Metropolitan Opera 2015-2016 Season live performances (http://www.metopera.org/Season/2015-16-Season/)
2015-2016 Season live HD transmissions (http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/)
Royal Opera House 2015-2016 Season live-in-cinemas (http://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas)
Opera Theater SummerFest (http://otsummerfest.org) - different venues are utilized.
Little Red Riding Hood: Jun 5- Jul 23. different venues
Carmen the Gypsy: Jun 22- Jul 9, different venues
Julius Caesar: Jul 15-23, different venues, Read Review
The Silent Woman: Jul 22-24, different venues, Read Review
Wolftrap Opera 2016 Season (http://www.wolftrap.org/opera.aspx) - The Barns has indoor seating and the Filene Center is a popular outdoor amphitheater with covered seating and lawn seating. Tickets go fairly quickly; best to purchase tickets early.
The Rape of Lucretia: Jun 10-18, the Barns
Washington Concert Opera 2015-2016 (http://www.concertopera.org)