Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale Perform Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem"
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Blacksburg Master Chorale, Opera Roanoke
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
Adult Tickets (based on seat location):
• Category A: $75.00
• Category B: $60.00
• Category C: $40.00

Virginia Tech Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale performing Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Master Chorale, Virginia Tech Choirs, and the Georgia Boy Choir come together for a production of Benjamin Britten’s "War Requiem", a harrowing and timeless work written for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Hailed as a masterpiece, Britten’s work symbolizes the senselessness of war and the importance of reconciliation.

Founded in 1976 as the Southwest Virginia Opera Society (SVOS), the company began as a group of dedicated volunteers with two performances in spring 1978. Under the artistic leadership of Victoria Bond from 1989 to 1995, the company presented singers, instrumentalists, and set designers of increasingly high artistic stature. It affected a name change from SVOS to Opera Roanoke in 1991 to reflect its enhanced professional status.

Since its founding, Opera Roanoke has collaborated with the finest talent in our region, across the state and from cultural centers around the nation. Under the direction of Victoria Bond, Craig Fields, Steven White, and Scott Williamson, Opera Roanoke has maintained a reputation for presenting outstanding productions featuring some of the finest singers in the opera world.

New collaborative partnerships with the Taubman Museum of Art and Virginia Western Community College, host of the Met “Live in HD” broadcasts, find Opera Roanoke thriving in the heart of a vibrant community. An enterprising and resourceful multi-disciplinary organization, Opera Roanoke is a vital component of the cultural and social fabric of life in Roanoke, Virginia’s Blue Ridge and beyond.



The Blacksburg Master Chorale is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality, affordable musical performances to the New River Valley and surrounding communities.

The Blacksburg Master Chorale engages audiences and patrons with musically vivid performances of classical and traditional choral works. We intend to "inflame the coldest heart" to experience the full beauty and intensity of this rich music with works both new and old, spanning the history of choral music.



Adults tickets range from $40.00-$75.00 and tickets for students with ID and youth ages 18 and under are $10.00.

To purchase tickets online, visit: https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/online/mapSelect.asp?doWork::WSmap::loadMap=Load&createBO::WSmap=1&BOparam::WSmap::loadMap::performance_ids=72009C26-BFD8-4623-9692-B3FDC98A5DB5.

Note: The work is performed in Latin with English supertitles.

This performance is supported in part by gifts from Don and Carolyn Rude, Minnis and Louise Ridenour, and Ms. Susan M. Hansen.

For more information, visit: https://artscenter.vt.edu/performances/britten-war-requiem.html or https://www.facebook.com/artscenteratvt or https://www.instagram.com/artscenteratvt/.
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