Adopt-A-School Offers Glimpse into the World of Opera

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Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Energy, Virginia Opera’s Adopt-A-School Program will have a wider reach this year. Adopt-A-School will bring live performances to 17 underserved schools from February to March, giving students what is most likely their first glimpse into the engaging, dramatic world of opera.

Each 40-minute performance features singers, costumes and sets and gives students an up-close and personal view of the artists behind this classic form of music. The interactive and entertaining performances also support Virginia’s standards of learning.

Several of the productions are original world premiere works -- including “A Trickster Trilogy,” a comic romp through three classic fables in honor of Black History Month, and “Deep River: Marian Anderson’s Journey,” the story of the courageous contralto who was the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

“We’re honored to be able to help bring the drama and beauty of opera to hundreds of children in the communities we call home,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “Our hope is that we can spark a lifelong love and appreciation for opera and the arts in general.”

The grant from Dominion Energy will fund Adopt-A-School performances in Portsmouth, Prince William, Fluvanna, Chesterfield, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Dickenson counties.