Opera Roanoke launches its Ruby Anniversary season with Sweeney Todd, one of the greatest dramas from the American musical theatre stage. Stephen Sondheim’s “musical thriller” has always been popular with opera companies, whose exceptional production and musical values set a new standard for such genre-defying repertoire.

Opera Roanoke favorite Carla Dirlikov (Carmen, ’12; The Flying Dutchman, ’13; Julius Caesar, ’14) makes her role debut as Mrs. Lovett, opposite exciting young baritone Corey Crider, praised by Opera News for his “seductively sympathetic” portrayal of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street title character.