Victory Hall Opera is now in its second season of bringing cutting-edge, thrilling opera to Charlottesville. Led by opera singers Miriam Gordon-Stewart (Artistic Director) and Brenda Patterson (Director of Music), and co-founded by Charlottesvillian opera director Maggie Bell, VHO presents a new model, unique in the world, for what an opera company can be: not an institution, but a troupe: of exceptional, high-caliber singers, advancing the art form together.
Every performance we give has to meet our three-fold test: it must be "disarming, exquisite, sincere".
And our name? "Victory Halls" were built all over the world after WWI as community theaters, and to encourage touring musicians to perform concerts in regional towns. Victory Hall Opera harkens back to this time and seeks to bring the best the opera world has to offer back home to Charlottesville, VA.
Board of directors
Miriam Gordon-Stewart - President
Soprano (Opera Australia, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayreuth Festival, Dresden Staatskapelle, Sydney Symphony, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Mannheim, Kassel, State Opera of South Australia, Orchestra Victoria, National Opera Korea, Hannover, The Chatelet), Artistic Director of Victory Hall Opera.
Brenda Patterson - Secretary
Mezzo Soprano (Barnard/ Juilliard; The Metropolitan Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass, Opera Colorado, Hamburg State Opera, La Scala, New York Philharmonic), Consultant to Composers in Residence (Opera Philadelphia), Vocal Composition Consultant (Juilliard, Mannes), Director of Music for Victory Hall Opera.
Robert Klonoski - Treasurer
Professor of Management/ Business (University of Connecticut, Storrs/ Brooklyn Law School/ University of Maryland; Strayer, Mary Baldwin, UVA, UDC, Vice President (US Senate Fed. Credit Union, Strategic Planning Chemical Bank, Product Marketing Citytrust, New Product Development Citycorp), CEO (Soundview Corp.).
Poet / Author/ Playwright (Sonata Mulattica, Collected Poems 1974-2004, The Darker Face of the Earth) ; Librettist (Seven for Luck with composer John Williams); Pulitzer Prize (Thomas and Beulah), U.S.Poet Laureate (1993-95), National Humanities Medal (President Clinton 1996), National Medal of Arts (President Obama 2011). 25 Honorary Doctorates.
Film Writer/ Producer/Director (Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, Tokyo), Winner of several Emmy Awards and the Academy Award. Collaborators: Liam Neeson, Ashley Judd, Gabriel Byrne, Hal Holbrook, Kelly McGillis, Aidan Quinn, Olympia Dukakis and John Grisham, Adjunct professor (University of Maryland, George Washington University, University of Virginia, Semester-at-Sea), served on the Board of Live Arts in Charlottesville.
Kirsten Trainer Mallik
Development and Non-Profit Specialist (Harvard, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management); Director of Development (John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah) Strategy Consultant (PWC Consulting).
Soprano (Juilliard; Houston Grand Opera, L.A. Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall), Co-founder/Executive Director of Sing for Hope, World Harmony Torch-Bearer Award Winner, named one of Town & Country's Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy 2013.
Grammy-Award-Winning Collaborative Pianist, Faculty of The Juilliard School, former Director of the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Festival Steans Institute Vocal Programs.
Conductor (NY Philharmonic, L.A. Philharmonic, New World Symphony), Artistic Director of the AXIOM Ensemble, Percussionist (NY Philharmonic).
Film, Television and Stage Actress (HBO's Six Feet Under, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Public Theater’s Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet), Jazz Singer (Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class).