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P.O.Box 72
Charlottesville, VA

(434) 227-9978

Mission & Board

The mission of victory hall opera:

To advance the performing craft, power, and reach of opera with a pioneering model that places the creative reins in the hands of the one who knows opera best: the Singer. Our Ensemble of master artists forms the core of our original productions, including works from the entire repertoire, creating performances of disarming sincerity and exquisiteness.

Rooted in Charlottesville, VA, VHO forges partnerships with local artists and craftspeople, and, in addition to connecting with those who know and love opera already, we actively engage those who have not yet found opera appealing or even encountered the art form, offering an experience of the human instrument that draws them into closer contact with life. 


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), Voice Faculty (University of Virginia), Director of Music of Victory Hall Opera.

Frank Squillace, Treasurer

Fmr. V.P., Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce; fmr. Director of Volunteer & Customer Services, Director of Operations, Facilities Director, Martha Jefferson Hospital; Parish Administrator (Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville); trainer and keynote speaker in the areas of Customer Service, Employee & Volunteer motivation.

Rita Dove

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.

Paul Wagner   

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).

Troy Cook

Baritone; One of America's most prolific performers: credits include Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Washington National Opera, L.A. Philharmonic and many others.

Kristin Jensen

Project Manager, UVA Alderman Library; fmr. Project Manager, Performant Software Solutions. Ph.D. in English, University of Virginia with a concentration in eighteenth-century British literature; UVA Morris Law Library.


Camille Zamora

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.

Margo Garrett

Grammy-Award-Winning Collaborative Pianist,  Faculty of The Juilliard School, former Director of the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravinia Festival Steans Institute Vocal Programs.

Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor (NY Philharmonic, L.A. Philharmonic, New World Symphony), Artistic Director of the AXIOM Ensemble, Percussionist (NY Philharmonic).

Lauren Ambrose

Film, Television and Stage Actress (Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center; HBO's Six Feet Under, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Public Theater’s Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet), Jazz Singer (Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class).