Fiddler on the Roof (2014). Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.

Fiddler on the Roof (2014). Photo by Janet Moore-Coll.

Housing Hosts

We are very fortunate to have a professional opera company in the Charlottesville community, and its success is dependent on support from our Housing Hosts, who welcome our artists and production staff into their homes each year. Our Housing Hosts provide a uniquely warm and inviting experience for visiting artists, many of whom have built life-long relationships with their host families. Our artists come from the most prestigious houses in the country, giving hosts an inside look at the next generation of opera professionals.

We hope that you will consider becoming a Housing Host. Our artists require a bedroom, bath, and kitchen privileges; we don't ask our hosts to provide food or transportation. These accomplished young people make excellent house guests and are happy to housesit while you are away on vacation. Who knows -- you may wind up playing host to the next great opera sensation!

All hosts receive two complimentary tickets to a performance, as well as invitations to exclusive events throughout the season. If you are interested in becoming a Housing Host, please contact Jackie Newton at housing@charlottesvilleopera.org or (434) 293-4500. Read on for more details about becoming a host this summer!


2017 Season Housing Host Information

We always look forward to our musician visitors every summer. We enjoy hearing about their studies and experiences, and it is lovely to have the house full of music. Our teenager’s interest in opera was stoked by conversation with these excellent young musicians. And, of course, we have the pleasure of knowing that we are making it possible for Charlottesville to enjoy our own first-rate opera. The musicians have always been very respectful of our home and our schedule — and have on occasion been kind enough to cat-sit while we were away!
— Charlottesville Opera Housing Host

This year’s summer season (our 40th!) features nearly 100 artists from across the country coming to Charlottesville to take part in our productions of Rigoletto and Oklahoma!.  Our artists come from such prestigious houses as the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Artists are in Charlottesville for varying lengths of time between June and early August. Check back soon for the full housing schedule.

All hosts will receive two complimentary tickets to the opening of either Rigoletto on July 14 or Oklahoma! on July 29.  Because our Young Artists and Production Staff arrive earlier than the others, if you agree to host a member of one of these groups you will receive two tickets to the opening of each production for a total of four tickets.  For those who are unable to attend an opening performance, we can arrange tickets to another performance, space permitting.

If you are interested in becoming a housing host, please complete the housing information form (available for download here) and return it to our office at your earliest convenience by email to housing@ashlawnopera.org or USPS.  We plan to make assignments in April.  Please contact Jackie Newton at 434-293-4500 extension 103 or email housing@charlottesvilleopera.org with questions.  Thank you for your support for Charlottesville Opera!