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P.O.Box 72
Charlottesville, VA

(434) 227-9978

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Victory Hall Opera is now in its Third 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.

VHO presents contemporary productions of "chamber opera" and song in intimate, alternative venues, offering an up-close experience of the human instrument.

With groundbreaking cross-genre collaborations (from tarot reading to hip-hop dance), 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. 

Great theater + great voices = "indie opera" for the people!

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.).

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.

Frank Squillace

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.

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.

Advisory board

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 (HBO's Six Feet Under, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Public Theater’s Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet), Jazz Singer (Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class).