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AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS returns this December!

Tickets on sale now!

Ash Lawn Opera’s timeless holiday production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors returns for a fourth year to The Paramount Theater on December 12. A wonderful tradition for the whole family, this inspirational hour-long opera has enchanted audiences for over 60 years!


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015 AT 2:00 & 4:30 PM

Youth (12 and under): $12, Students (with I.D.):  $16.50, Adults:  $27, $37, $45


Available online at,

by phone at (434) 979-1333,

and in-person at The Paramount Theater Box Office

Open Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm


for a wonderful 2015 Summer Season!


Eleni Calenos (Cio-Cio San) and Jason Slayden (Pinkerton) sing the love duet from Madama Butterfly

Sharin Apostolou (Eliza Doolittle) sings "Wouldn't it be Loverly" from My Fair Lady


Calenos sings the final aria from Madama Butterfly


Apostolou, Curt Olds (Henry Higgins), and Dan Stern (Pickering) sing "The Rain in Spain" from My Fair Lady

Highlights from Madama Butterfly

Cio-Cio San (Eleni Calenos). Photo by Natalie Krovetz

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Carol Cooper in memory of Philip Cooper

Highlights from My Fair Lady

Eliza Doolittle (Sharin Apostolou) and her cockney cohort. Photo by Natalie Krovetz.

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The 2015 Summer Season in the Media

Click here to watch the Newsplex story on the show, featuring interviews with Costume Designer Shon LeBlanc and Executive Director Kevin O'Halloran


"While diehard fans of linguist and professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, his Cockney diamond in the rough, will be counting down to opening night, costume designer Shon LeBlanc is counting up — to 800 wardrobe pieces, and beyond." - Jane Dunlap Norris


Click here to read the Daily Progress' sparkling article on My Fair Lady -- featuring interviews with Costume Designer LeBlanc and Artistic Director Michelle Krisel



"A great work deserves a great interpretation" - Artistic Director Michelle Krisel

Click here to hear Krisel and O'Halloran interviewed on WINA about My Fair Lady


Krisel recently joined Ann Shaffer on WTJU's Sunday Opera Matinee to discuss My Fair Lady. Click here to listen!


Click here to watch a recent NBC29 story on KidsFest,

Ash Lawn Opera's largest annual education event.

Click here to watch a recent Newsplex story on Madama Butterfly, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of our orchestra, costumes, and singers in rehearsal



“To me, it’s the perfect marriage of drama and music. [...] Even if you didn’t understand a word of this drama, you’d understand it from the music.” - Artistic Director Michelle Krisel


Click here to read the Daily Progress' great piece on Madama Butterfly!
Cio-Cio San (Eleni Calenos) and Pinkerton (Jason Slayden). Photo by Natalie Krovetz
"That to me is the definition of opera: how to express a character through both voice and acting, and it's all in the music" - Krisel
Click here to listen to Krisel's interview with WTJU's Allen Hench.

"Believe it or not, we have 103 people coming to Charlottesville this season [...] So this is really a huge Charlottesville effort." - Ash Lawn Opera Executive Director Kevin O'Halloran


WINA recently interviewed O'Halloran and Krisel. Click here to listen!



“I think we should feel proud as Charlottesville residents that we’ve been able to sustain a professional opera company that [...] has become a very fine regional presence.” - Kevin O'Halloran


O'Halloran, Krisel, and Butterfly scenic designer Charles Murdock Lucas were recently interviewed by the C-Ville Weekly. Click here to read more!



"The music suddenly captures us in a way that's almost like a painting [...] but there's a lot of places in this piece where we have a sense of awe." - Madama Butterfly conductor Steven Jarvi


Madama Butterfly Maestro Jarvi and Stage Director Daniel Rigazzi were recently interviewed by WTJU's Allen Hench. Click here to listen!

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