Ash Lawn Opera


announces its 2014 season!



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Leonard Bernstein's




May 2 & 4

Photo of Leonard Bernstein, courtesy CBS

Ash Lawn Opera joins forces for the first time with The Oratorio Society of Virginia to present semi-staged concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s delightful Candide on May 2nd and 4th at The Paramount Theater. Written in 1956 by the composer of West Side Story, Candide won four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards at its 1974 revival. Based on the witty novella by Voltaire, this fun and fast paced operetta will be led by Michael Slon, Music Director of the Oratorio Society and features soloists from across the country along with the Oratorio Society orchestra and chorus. Come see why, as Voltaire’s Pangloss would say, this is indeed “the best of all possible worlds!”


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Carlisle Floyd’s




July 11, 13, & 16


Bock and Harnick’s


Fiddler on the Roof


Jul. 31, Aug. 2, 3, 6, & 8

Chosen to represent the best of American music and culture at the Brussels World’s Fair Brussels in 1958, Carlisle Floyd’s moving and melodious Susannah is one of the most beloved and often produced American operas.


Susannah dreams of escaping from her small town in Appalachia and “going beyond them mountains where the folks talk nice an’ the folks dress nice like y’ see in the mail-order catalogues.” The soaring melodies, reminiscent of Puccini, will be brought to life by principal artists from The Metropolitan Opera and a rousing church revival chorus.


This opera speaks directly to your heart and is not to be missed!


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Marcia and Marvin


Gilliam, Jr.






Hunter Smith


Family Foundation





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Fiddler on the Roof has been a hit since it opened on Broadway in 1964 – winning nine Tony Awards, spawning four Broadway revivals, and inspiring a three-time Academy Award winning film adaptation in 1971.


Now in its 50th anniversary season, you and your family will want to sing along with one hit tune after another, including “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “To Life,” and “Do You Love Me.”


Set in Tsarist Russia, this timeless tale of the triumph of humor and love over hardship is an experience you will want to share with your entire family.



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Stay tuned for the return of

Amahl and the Night Visitors on December 13!

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