2016 – 2017 Season

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Friday, October 7, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 3:00 p.m.

Located at the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center

We open our 41st season with one of the great “American Operas” from Broadway, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s World War II-era classic, South Pacific. With its signature balance of wit and warmth, and engaging characters whose stories engage us, South Pacific continues to entertain, inspire, and provoke us. Following his acclaimed production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, J.J. Hudson returns to direct an all-star cast, including local favorites, Corey Crider (Sweeney Todd, ’15), in his role debut as Emile de Becque, and Ariana Wyatt (The Pirates of Penzance, ’13), making her role debut as Nellie Forbush. Artistic Director Scott Williamson leads the musicians of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in what is bound to be one of the most talked-about shows of the season.


Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah

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Friday, April 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 3:00 p.m.

Located at the Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center

We will conclude our 41st season of great musical theater in Virginia’s blue ridge with the local premiere of what many consider the greatest American opera of the 20th century: Carlisle Floyd’s award-winning drama, Susannah. Based on a story from the Biblical Apocrypha, Susannah is a compelling drama whose issues resonate across cultural, social, political and religious lines. Set in the Appalachian mountains, Susannah’s music reflects its locale, and Floyd’s score is a masterpiece of dramatic power and lyrical beauty. MET Opera conductor, and Opera Roanoke Principal Guest Conductor Steven White leads the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and an outstanding cast, under the stage direction of Artistic Director, Scott Williamson.