In 1992, a young singer just out of college got the chance to perform for the first time with a professional opera company:  Ash Lawn Opera—now Charlottesville Opera.

Today that young man, Eric Owens, is a world-renowned bass-baritone who has performed leading roles at the Met and other great companies.

Eric came back to Charlottesville several weeks ago to thank Charlottesville Opera by giving a special benefit concert.  Let him tell you why it’s important to support “small town” opera companies like Charlottesville Opera:


Thank you Eric and all of our wonderful supporters! It was a fabulous evening for all!


Michelle Krisel Fund

Charlottesville Opera is pleased to announce the establishment of the Michelle Krisel Fund for Support of Young Artists to provide performance and career opportunities.

2018 Summer Festival Highlights